Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) is a charming tuberous perennial that bursts from the ground in late winter (before crocuses) with cup-shaped, upward-facing, bright yellow flowers (1 in. wide or 3 cm), surrounded by divided leafy bracts. The foliage of rich green leaves, divided into several lobes, emerges after the flowers. Winter Aconites go dormant by late spring.
- Awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society
- Grows in clump up to 4 in. high (10 cm) and wide. This beauty may self-seed (if happy) and naturalize over time, coming back year after year.
- Easily grown in humus-rich, moderately fertile, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Consistent moisture to be provided year-round - Do not let the soil dry out! Tolerates most soils but does best in alkaline soils.
- Deer resistant
- Stunning in beds, borders, along paths or walkways, rock gardens, underplanting shrubs or roses, cottage gardens or as ground covers. Great for containers too!
- Virtually pest and disease free (may be affected by a smut)
- Propagate by seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame in late spring or separate tubers after flowering in late spring
- To be planted in fall (soak tubers overnight before planting). Best left undisturbed once planted.