FEATURED in ONE SINGLE FLOWER ON DISPLAY, in WILDFLOWERS OF NORTH AMERICA
116 VIEWS as of 08/05/2013
300 VIEWS as of 01/15/2014
A winter aconite braves the cold weather on the grounds of Winterthur Museum in Delaware (USA).
Eranthis (winter aconite) is a genus of eight species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family), native to southern Europe and east across Asia to Japan. The common name comes from the early flowering time and the resemblance of the leaves to those of the related genus Aconitum, the true aconite. Unlike Aconitum, Eranthis is not poisonous.
Foliage at the end of flowering
They are herbaceous perennials growing to 10–15 cm (4–6 in) tall. The flowers are yellow (white in E. albiflora and E. pinnatifida), and among the first to appear in spring, as early as January in mild climates, though later where winter snowpack persists; they are frost-tolerant and readily survive fresh snow cover unharmed. The leaves only expand fully when the flowers are nearly finished; they are peltate, 5-8 cm diameter, with several notches, and only last for 2-3 months before dying down during the late spring.