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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map