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Eranthis hyemalis

Winter aconite

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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






Skill level


Eranthis hyemalis

Plant details

These native European woodland plants are among the earliest to flower, and produce a bright display, especially when planted in large numbers under shrubs and deciduous trees. An efficient ground cover plant, it quickly spreads to become a carpet of pure golden yellow, just as the first snowdrops begin to bloom. Dry tubers can be bought in the autumn, but they are generally not as successul as plants bought 'in the green' (in leaf) either during or just after flowering time, which will establish much more readily. The Royal Horticultural Society has presented it with the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Eranthis

Species: hyemalis

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 13cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to plant seeds: March to June

Time to divide plants: April to May

Flowering period: February to March

Reader reviews


I had so many aconites in my garden that they became like weeds so I think they are better in a woodland garden with plenty of room where they don't swamp everything else.

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