Eranthis Hyemalis 'Winter Aconite' Seeds

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Eranthis hyemalis, the Winter Aconite, are often the first flowers of the New Year to appear, they beam a golden glow into the garden at a time when the sun rarely breaks through the clouds. A bulbous perennial, these native European woodland plants are among the earliest to flower in February to March. These rugged plants often send their shoots up through snow, producing a bright display when planted in large numbers under shrubs and deciduous trees.

Unusually, Eranthis is also happy in the light grass that is typical under trees and will even thrive under horse chestnuts and sycamores, whose shade is among the most hostile to other plant life. It can usually be relied upon to spread itself around by seed, a process that can be speeded up with a little help. With time it will spreads to become a carpet of pure golden yellow.

Eranthis hyemalis flowers have of 5 to 8 bright yellow petals that form a cup-shape and are surrounded by dark green leaf-like ruffs of lobed bracts that look like a collar around the blossom. The flowers are sensitive to warmth, they will remain tightly shut on cold days and only open if the temperature reaches around 10°C (50°F). It produces star shaped seed pods and dies down completely after spring.

Growing to just 13cm (5in) tall, it spreads up to 10cm (4in) it begs to be grown en masse, preferably somewhere that gets the morning sun. They are best planted in large drifts where they can really make an impact, a carpet of them in a lawn is a fantastic and spirit-lifting sight. 

Pretty Wild Seeds are registered with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) under number 7529, so you can have confidence in both our products and advice. Although our products are listed in weights and acres, we can supply in additional quantities upon enquiry so if you need a larger supply, please don't hesitate to give us a call.

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    Germination; Sow indoors at any time. Surface sow onto moist well-drained seed compost. Only just cover seed with a fine sprinkling of soil. Seed must be kept moist at all times. Ideal temp. 18-22°C for 12 weeks then cold stratify. Move to -4°C-+4°C for 7 weeks then return to warmth 5-12°C for germination. Germination should then occur within a few days. Can be sown directly in autumn where natural winter cold should offer the conditions required for germination the following spring. Grow on allowing a bulb to form.

    Growing; Prefers a humus rich, moderately fertile soil that does not dry out. Tolerates most soil types but prefers an alkaline soil. Full or partial sun.

    Cultivation; No pruning required. Established plants can be divided in April-May.