Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)
In this mix
- Ground Cover (Scattered)
- Broad Tolerance
- February - March
- 15cm (6in)
- Common name
- Winter Aconite
- Moist but Well-drained
- Plant 2.5cm (1in) deep.
- Preferably plant on mass in woodland conditions with moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Drier conditions tolerated when dormant in summer. Plant 5-7cm deep, 5cm apart.
Like miniature spring anemones crossed with water lilies. I love these for being the first flowers to emerge in spring and floating en masse in a shallow bowl.
Certain bulbs do better planted in the green, rather than in their dormant state. It's like lifting a clump from your own garden, and very quickly they settle in and will start to flower from next year on.
After three years you can then lift and divide your own and scatter them right through your garden, one bulb about 15cm (6in) from the next.
They dislike root disturbance and, left alone, will gradually form a late winter and spring carpet under trees and shrubs. They die down and disappear by summer. If you do decide to lift and divide it is best done soon after flowering.