Plant of the Month - February

Each month we feature a picture of a plant growing on The Commons. All plants featured have been photographed here. This month, we are featuring the Winter Aconite. This plant was introduced into gardens from southern Europe at the end of the 16th Century. It has since become widely naturalised on verges, churchyards, parks and open woodland. A member of the buttercup family, it is a characteristic flower of East Anglia particularly. They are especially adapted to benefiting from any early sunshine in deciduous woodland before the leaves appear on the trees. The yellow flowers have been called “choirboys” because of the ruffs that surround them.

Despite their attractive appearance on a sunny winter’s day, Winter Aconite is poisonous. They flatter to deceive. According to Greek myth they arose from the saliva of Cerberus, the three headed dog that guards the underworld! Dragged out of the underworld by Heracles, the dog emitted a foam which poisoned the aconites growing there.

More pictures and information can be found on the ukwildflowers.com website.

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