Winter Aconite - Eranthis hyemalis


    Hairless, tuberous-rooted plant up to 10 cm in height. Flowers yellow 20-30 mm with 6 sepals. Has 3 stalk-less bract-like leaves below the flower looking like a ruffe.

    Identification difficulty

    Wood and scrub on rich humus like soils.

    When to see it

    End January to early March.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Not particularly common in Britain where most records come from England south of the Midlands and from the eastern coast.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 18 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map