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PlantFiles: Winter Aconite
Eranthis cilicica

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eranthis (eer-RAN-this) (Info)
Species: cilicica (kil-LEE-kee-kuh) (Info)

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Clary On Feb 16, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This variety of eranthis has bronze foliage when young. The leaves are less pronounced and more succulent than the hyemalis variety. The flowers are a deep clear yellow.

Positive wefarmasmidgen On Feb 7, 2012, wefarmasmidgen from Bloomington, WI wrote:

I planted these about 5 years ago in my lawn. Every year, early spring, they come up with their cheerful, bright yellow flowers. They haven't spread much, but they are increasing a little bit each year.

Positive oldkate On Feb 6, 2012, oldkate from Hillsboro, OH wrote:

Your problem may be due to a heavy covering of mulch and/or too many of last fall's left-over tree leaves on the aconites. They sprout rather like a soybean - sort of curling up. Snowdrops and daffodils have no trouble coming out of the ground, as the leaves are pointed on the end. Aconites like to be cool in the hot summers, too. Be sure to let them die down naturally after blooming - plants will spread from the roots, but mostly from their seeds. I think the main thing is not to let the aconites smother.
You can't have enough aconites!

Positive veggieflowers On Jan 8, 2012, veggieflowers from Columbia, MO wrote:

I love these early blooming little flowers, but over time they seem to be disappearing instead of multiplying. I wonder if I'm doing something wrong

Positive crabbybill On Mar 13, 2007, crabbybill from South Bend, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

These cheerful yellow flowers remind us that the garden will be soon be awake to welcome the new season.
We first saw this very early blooming bulb at our local botanic garden - Fernwood, Niles, MI after we finished a Master Gardener Training class back in 1998. There must have been a million of these little, single yellow flowers.
It's the first sign that Winter is leaving. We seen them trying to come up through the snow.They come back each season, we scatter the seeds. In at least two years they bloom.
The unusual foliage dies down by mid-June at the latest. The rabbits and squirrels leave them alone in our area.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Apr 16, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Blooms slightly earlier than E. hyemalis in my garden. Perhaps more vigorous. Certainly more welcome fine foliage.

Neutral Terry On Jun 27, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Foliage is bronze-green when new, turning more green as it matures.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Grand Junction, Colorado
Naperville, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Dearborn, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Brewster, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Columbia, Missouri
Croton On Hudson, New York
Medina, New York
Durham, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Hillsboro, Ohio
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Salt Lake City, Utah
Staunton, Virginia
Lakewood, Washington
Bloomington, Wisconsin

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