Winter Aconite

Poisonous Poisonous Spring Spring Winter Winter

Winter Aconite is not native to the UK but has become naturalised in woods, parks and roadsides. Its bright, glossy, yellow flowers are one of he first flowers of the year appearing just after the new year and lasting until about March.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Winter Aconite, Winter Aconite
Scientific Name Eranthis hyemalis
Season Start Jan
Season End Dec
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


Throughout the year the lobed green leaves are present. They are made up of a few individual leaves that are split to varying degrees and produce an overall rounded leaf.


A deep yellow, glossy, usually six petalled flower emerges from a ball shape, opening out but not all the flowers will open fully. Inside are the yellow anthers. The single flower is surrounded by a rosette or collar of light veined, green ‘leaves’ that are actually sepals around the flower bud. The individual ‘leaves’ are split down the middle to varying degrees.

Flower Stem

There is one stem per flower and it is pale green and quite succulent.


Winter Aconite has a tuberous root ball with smaller hair like roots coming from it.


Woods, parks, gardens and roadsides. Likes sunny conditions with partial shade and grows in well drained soil.

Possible Confusion

The flowering plant is quite unique and difficult to confuse with anything but the tuberous root could be mistaken for a pignut. It is always good practice to make sure when you dig a pignut that the plant is still attached to the ‘nut’.



Other Facts

The Winter Aconite is in the Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, all of which contain toxins but to varying degrees and differing toxins.


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