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Eranthis hyemalis

Winter aconite

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Eranthis hyemalis
  • Common name: Winter aconite
  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Eranthis hyemalis is a native European woodland plant, bearing a bright display of golden yellow buttercup-like flowers, surrounded by divided leafy bracts, from mid- late-winter. An efficient ground cover plant, it quickly spreads and makes a dramatic yellow carpet just as the first snowdrops begin to bloom. It’s perfect for planting beneath trees or naturalising in grass. Dry tubers can be bought in autumn, but, like snowdrops, they’re 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 given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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Grow Eranthis hyemalis in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

How to grow Eranthis hyemalis

  • Plant size

    13cm height

    10cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Eranthis hyemalis and wildlife

Eranthis hyemalis is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Eranthis hyemalis poisonous?

Eranthis hyemalis has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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