Eranthis hyemalis

Rodger Whitlock
Mon, 07 Feb 2005 10:37:42 PST
The winter aconites are nearing the end of their flowering season 
here and a small report might be of interest.

Thanks to the generosity of friends and luck with a seed exchange 
years ago, I have five forms in the garden here.

1. The common one with acid-yellow flowers. One might say this yellow 
has a touch of green in it.

2. A form that came to me as seed labelled "Eranthis hyemalis 
aurantiaca". It is not orange, but rather an orange-tinged yellow. 
You might call it a chrome yellow; about the color of the beaten yolk 
of a good free-range egg. I finally got smart this year and separated 
these from the type form, planting them in an isolated bed by 
themselves so I can collect seed without worrying about mixing the 

3. A double form originally from the Gothenburg Botanic Garden. This 
is a fullish semi-double, and is coming to its peak of flowering now 
as the main planting starts to fade. Curiously, it has a few 
seedlings emerging around it. Not sterile?

4. Eranthis x tubergenii, a hybrid between E. hyemalis and E. 
cilicia. This is running a week or so later. Notable for the bronze 
coloration of the young foliage as it emerges from the soil.

5. A very pale-flowered form. Only recently acquired, only one 
flower this year (its first for me), but looking like it'll put on 
strength and multiply well in later years now that it's established.

Besides these, I have E. longistipatata (sp?) in a pot, where it does 
very little but survive. And I once grew and flowered E. pinnatifida, 
but it was killed in a sudden hard freeze.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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