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Winter Aconite


Scientific Name     

Eranthis hyemalis   L.   Salisb.

Family Name

Ranunculaceae   (Buttercup family)

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Characteristics: 

Habitat: 

rich, moist, well-drained soils

Plant Height: 

8-16 cm, erect stem

Flower Color: 

yellow

Flower: 

incomplete; perfect; 6 bright yellow sepals; petals absent; stamens and pistils numerous

Inflorescence: 

single, terminal flower

Fruit: 

several seeded, beaked follicle

Leaves: 

3 leaves; deeply divided into 3s subtending flower

Bloom Time: 

March-April

Origins: 

non-native

Other: 

this southern Europe native often escapes cultivation; blooms in late winter or very early spring; the whole plant, above all the tuber, is strongly poisonous causing nausea, vomiting, colic attacks and visual disturbances can occur