Thursday, April 05, 2007

Spring Pheasant's Eye (Adonis vernalis)

Spring Pheasant's Eye
Adonis vernalis
(ad-ON-iss) (ver-NAH-liss)
Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ay)

This picture is from the NYBG. There was a little patch growing in the Ladies Border and it had survived the late season snowstorm we had. The foliage is fantastic, very finely cut and a nice shade of green. The flower is nice too, a very bright yellow that reminded of a little sun. I had planted one of these that I received as a gift and it bloomed great for two years but I haven’t seen it this year and think that it may have expired. All parts are considered poisonous but this plant is useful in the treatment of heart ailments.

Synonyms: Pheasant's Eye, Yellow Pheasant's Eye and False Hellebore

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