Spring Pheasant's Eye - Adonis vernalis

Sue Abonyi

Sandy, United States

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The center of distribution of this Spring Pheasant’s Eye Pheasant’s Eye, Yellow Pheasant’s Eye or False Hellebore is the Pannonian Basin in Hungary where
– sorry, I am yet to see a non-Hungarian who is able to vocalize it correctly –
it is called Tavaszi Hérics.

Isolated populations occur from Spain across Central and Southern Europe, northwards to Southern Sweden and spreads eastward to the dry meadows and steppes of the West Siberian Plain. In contrast with its closest relatives it flowers in the spring and the flowers are up to 80 mm in diameter.

Picking it in Hungary is not advisable for at least three reasons:
a/ due to indiscriminate flower-picking many of its habitats had to be protected by law,
b/ it will drop the bright yellow petals and the whole plant will wilt irreversibly before you could take it home,
c/ it is highly poisonous, contains cardiostimulant adonidin and aconitic acid.

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