A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Plant of the Week: Winter Aconite

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.

The first, few flowers of early spring are among the most precious of the year, and the winter aconite, Eranthis hyemalis. is one of them.Eranthis-hyemalis

Eranthis-close-upNative to southern Europe, but hardy enough to naturalize here in the Northeast, it pops up reliably every year in late winter–even pushing its way through frozen snow—though we’ve not had much of a demonstration of that this winter.

A golden carpet of it can be found now in the Wild Garden, where for many years it has been spreading happily under the old sumac. And a new patch is establishing itself in the Flower Garden, near the arbor on the eastern side.

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