Flower Color Yellow Common Name Eranthis Botanical Name Eranthis Hyemalis (Winter Aconite) Light Requirements Full sun / Partial Shade Bloom Time Early to Mid Spring Estimated Mature Height 3-4" tall Optimal planting spread 3-6" wide Planting Season Autumn Planting Depth 6-8 Inches deep Soil Moisture Average
DetailsSince these species originated in a wooded habitat, they require a loose soil with sufficient humus. They can start flowering as early as February. The flowers are similar to buttercups and have very short stems, they open only when the sun shines, closing during dark weather. Very early!
Eranthis Hyernalis (Winter Aconite)
These low to the ground, dwarf plants are well-known for their yellow cup-shaped flowers over a ruff-like whorl of dissected leaves. Eranthis are woodland or mountain plants that need cooler growing conditions. The bulbs should never be allowed to completely dry out. They need good drainage and prefer a humus-rich soil. Although its hard to tell from their name, eranthis (also known as winter aconite) are related to ranunculus and also to buttercups. You'll see the family resemblance as the flowers poke up their little yellow cup shaped heads in the Spring.
How to Grow Eranthis Bulbs:
1. In the Fall, choose a spot that is sunny with light shade (Try to mimic their natural woodland growing conditions under a canopy of leaves). Loosen the soil and enrich with hummus.
2. Soak the bulbs overnight in warm water just before planting. This will aid their development and increase flowering.
3. Planting eranthis bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs are quite small and irregularly shaped. If it is difficult to determine which side is the root, just give it your best guess and nature will do the rest. As the bulb is small, even if the bulb wasn't positioned the right way up in the soil, the roots will make their way down to nutrients and the shoots will find the sunlight.
4. Follow the rule of thumb of planting bulbs that bulbs need at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 2-3 inch hole, drop the bulb into it and cover with soil.
5. Regarding spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 2-3 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together. However, Aconite bulbs do prefer landscape planting rather than containers.
5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
6. Eranthis bulbs will flower in the Spring. After the flowers die down, the plant can enjoy a warmer rest period. You don't have to water too much during this rest period. Leaves will also die back and at this point, you can choose to tidy up the plant and remove the old leaves or just let nature take its own course.
Did you know that the term Eranthis means Spring Flower in Greek? These little yellow beauties will be charming announcers that Spring is arriving. They are generally one of the first Spring blooms, even before crocus, sometimes even when there is still snow on the ground!
Eranthis flowers open their petals only when the sun is shining. If its overcast, flowers will be closed.
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WHEN WILL THIS ITEM SHIP?
Fall Planted bulbs are shipped from September through December.Orders placed before Sept 15:Expect your order to arrive mid September at your location.Orders placed Sept 15 to Dec 15:Orders are shipped the same week that they are placed.