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Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

Winter Aconite, Winter Hellebore, Winter Wolf's Bane, Aconitum Hyemale


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 fertilewell-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 bedsborders, along paths or walkways, rock gardensunderplanting 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Eranthis - Winter Aconites
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4" (10cm)
Spread 6" (15cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Depth 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Eranthis - Winter Aconites
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4" (10cm)
Spread 6" (15cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Depth 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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