Pheasant’s eye

Pheasant's Eye

Adonis vernalis, commonly known as pheasant’s eye, false Hellebore, yellow pheasant’s eye, and spring pheasant’s eye, is a perennial plant in the Ranunculaceae (buttercups) family.

Pheasant's Eye

It occurs in the dry grasslands and steppes of Western Asia and the Mediterranean. The genus Adonis includes 32 species[1]. The name pheasant’s eye refers to the similarity between the colors of its flowers and a pheasant’s red-eye.

Adonis Vernalis

The plant features upright, columnar, branching, leafy stems that average 8 to 24 inches tall. The typical width of the plant is 6 to 12 inches.

False Hellebore

The blooms are small and resemble buttercups, varying in color from yellow, orange, scarlet, or purple. In most species, the flower has a dark purple spot in the middle and dark purple stamens and anthers.

Pheasant's Eye

The leaves are light green, pinnate, and resemble ferns. The pheasant’s eye flowers bloom from May through July.

Yellow Pheasant's Eye Flower

Suggested Reading: Varieties of Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Adonis vernalis Pheasant’s Eye, Spring pheasant’s eye PFAF Plant Database”. Accessed December 02, 2021. Link.


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