Eranthus hyemalis

winter aconite

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Winter aconite is an enchanting member of the buttercup family with bright yellow flowers in midwinter. Indeed, the cup-shaped flowers sit atop three leaf-like bracts that form a collar, reminding one of a renaissance cuff worn around the neck by 16th century Europeans. Plant these en masse for a spectacular show that will certainly brighten those gray days of winter.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 5 in. (0.12 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 2 in. (0.06 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: consistent moisture throughout the year

Seasonal Interest: bright yellow flowers in mid-winter

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, magenta

Great Color Partners: green, orange, yellow

Culture Notes
Winter aconite will grow and bloom best if sited in full sun during the time of bloom; however, some light shade is not a total hindrance. A site that has a canopy of deciduous trees or shrubs is quite satisfactory as Eranthis are dormant during the time leaves are in full flush. The soil should be well-drained, but consistently moist throughout the year, although a bit less so in summer; they do not tolerate bone-dry conditions.