Since the sixteenth century English Gardeners have planted Winter Aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) to bring Spring that little bit closer. Flowering from mid February the little yellow blooms lift the spirit by revealing along with snowdrops that Spring is not to far away.
They belong to the buttercup family Genus and on the many cold days of late winter their blooms will remain tightly shut, unless the temperature reaches around 10c.
Planted under a large deciduous tree they will thrive as they seem to appreciate partial shade. They will also quickly naturalise and spread if left alone, they are not great lovers of being moved but if you must wait until after they have finished flowering. Winter aconites rely on early bees roaming out and about for pollination because they spread by seed.New tubers (bulbs) purchased from your garden supplier should be planted in reasonably well drained, moist, fertile soil at a depth of around 5cm (2 inches)
They are happiest in more alkaline soils, although they will tolerate more acid conditions but the speed at which they naturalise and spread will be somewhat slower.
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