Eranthis hyemalis

Scientific name: Eranthis hyemalis

Synonym: Aconitum hyemale


Common names: “winter aconite” “winter hellebore” “winter wolf’s bane”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 4-9

Light: Full sun – dappled shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile humus rich soil

Moisture: Moist, well drained


Plant Size: H 3-6″ W spreading groundcover

Leaf and Stem shape: Dark green basal leaves divided into several lobes

Flower: Buttercup flowers surrounded by divided leafy bracts, blooms Jan-Feb

Pruning: none

Maintenance: Low, if transplanting it is best done when green

Landscape use: Grows well under deciduous trees, under rose bushes and shrubs

Propagate: Naturalizes by seed, or separate tubers in late spring after flowering, if purchasing dried tubers, place in moist sand for a few hours before planting

Pests & Disease: Slugs may be a problem

*Deer resistant

Comments:  ~AGM winner


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