• Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

    Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

    Noticed this ground cover flowering in an Oak Bay garden this week.  Very early and cheerful to see these bright yellow flowers so early in spring.

    The small plant belongs to the Buttercup family. Winter aconites are very beautiful with bright green leaves and yellow flowers. Bloom in very early spring, and can be used as ground cover in gardens.

    An excellent example of the confusion which common names can cause, this, relatively, innocent first flower of spring is, sometimes, accused of being as deadly as plants in the Aconitum genus.

     

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