Winter Aconites Eranthis Hyemalis

Everything You Need To Know About Winter Aconites


Winter Aconites Eranthis Hyemalis are a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family. They blossom in the late winter/early spring before retiring back to the soil, and return by self-seeding as a naturaliser each year.

Native to calcareous woodland habitats in Europe, it gets its name from its willingness to flower before everything else.

The Eranthis hyemalis prefers moist and well-drained soil, perfect for planting in flower beds, at the base of deciduous trees, in tubs or even rockery gardens.

Did you know: the word hyemalis is a Latin for “winter-flowering”.


Winter Aconite Eranthis Hyemalisa have a charming appearance – they’re golden yellow, honey-scented flowers that blanket the ground and brighten up a winter garden.

It boasts upward facing flowers, of which are large and cup-size growing 2-3cm above a collar of three leaf-like bracts.
Their bright yellow appearance is the true sign of Spring, being one of the first blooming flowers of the year.


Once the Winter Aconites return back to the soil, the leaves need to be allowed to wither and turn brown before being removed, so the plant is able to gather strength and naturalise for the next year.

The Aconites are a great source of pollen and nectar for early emerging pollinators. As it’s one of the first flowers of the season it holds this responsibility with only a few other flowers.

As well as being useful for replanting and pollination, Eranthis hyemalis are usually planted with snowdrops to make an attractive and appealing winter garden.

Other fantastic facts…

These flowers have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
They can grow 4-6 inches.
One of its unique characteristics is that it can pretty much be planted anywhere, tolerable to peat, clay, or sandy areas.
The plant is sometimes toxic, so it can potentially be fatal if an animal consumes it.

Brighten up your winter garden with some Winter Aconites Eranthis Hyemalis:

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