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Adonis Genus

Pheasant's eye

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.5
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Adonis genus (Pheasant's eye). This genus of plants is named after the hunter Adonis of ancient Greek myth. They are spring flowering perennials, which are grown for their foliage and large yellowish flowers which will appear in late winter and early spring. These plants are dormant by late spring, so you need to make sure you plan for this when planting and provide filler plants to take over when they fade.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials

Other common names

Red chamomile

Origin

Europe Asia

Myth has it that Adonis, the beautiful son of Cinyras, King of Cyprus, was loved by Venus but was slain by a wild boar. After death the grieving Venus transformed him into this flower.

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and flowers.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will grow well in semi-shade with moist but well drained soil.

Propagation

Propagation is by seed when fresh in late summer or by division after flowering.

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