Adonis vernalis
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Adonis vernalis

spring pheasant's eye
yellow pheasant's eye
false hellebore

  family ranunculaceae 
  genus adonis 

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Genus  Adonis Species  vernalis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  spring pheasant's eye   yellow pheasant's eye   false hellebore Family  RANUNCULACEAE Specimen number  S5094 Data source  MedPl p158;Poison p100
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Prostrate Overall height  1' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Whole plant Poisonous indications  It contains cardiac glycosides Internal poison  yes Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  hypertensive   diuretic   cardiotonic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  yes Toxicity precautions  It is poisonous at the wrong dosage. Medicinal notes  Adonis vernalis is considered by some to be an herbal remedy. It's used as a hypertensive, a diuretic or a cardiotonic. False hellebore (sometimes called yellow pheasant's eye and spring pheasant's eye) requires professional guidance for safe usage. It is illegal in some countries to possess or use this plant without proper certification. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the aerial parts. It is poisonous at the wrong dosage. This whole plant is toxic. It is poisonous if ingested. It contains cardiac glycosides.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Adonis vernalis is a perennial. Flowers: False hellebore (locally known in some parts as yellow pheasant's eye and spring pheasant's eye) has terminal single daisy like flowers. Flowers begin in April and don't stop until June. The blossoms are usually a yellow color.

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