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March 10, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

In Bloom: Winter Aconite

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Winter Aconite

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Winter Aconite after the Rain

Winter Aconite brightens things up!

Genus: Eranthis

Eranthis, commonly known as Winter Aconite, is another early-spring bloom.  These flowers are in the buttercup family, and are usually yellow (a few white species exist).  They are tolerant of frost and can easily survive even under a fresh bed of snow.

Fun Fact: Like Hellebore, Winter Aconite also plays a role in Greek mythology.  Legend has it that Winter Aconite grows from the saliva of Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the underworld.

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