ADONIS VERNALIS 'PHEASENT'S EYE'
[Ex. Středoruská vrchovina, Russia]
Ranunculaceae: a perennial growing to 30cm. Found on sunny grassy hills on dry calcareous soils. The flowers are bowl-shaped to flat, usually bright yellow, 4-8cm wide composed of ten to twenty elliptic petals. Blooming around March. The leaves are as long as wide, bipinnatisect, the ultimate lobes entire and linear. Native to Central, eastern and southern Europe, north to the central Urals and Sweden (Gotland). A rare plant in most of its range, it has legal protection from gathering in most countries.
Medicinal Parts: Roots and whole plant. Pheasant's eye has a long history of medicinal use and is still retained in the Pharmacopoeias of several European countries. The plant contains cardiac glycosides like those found in the foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). These substances improve the heart's efficiency, increasing its output at the same time as slowing its rate. It also has a sedative action and so is generally prescribed for patients whose hearts are beating too fast or irregularly. The herb has cardiotonic, diuretic, sedative and vasoconstrictor properties.
A cold-germinator. The sowing must be kept warm (about +18 to +22°C) and moist for the first 2–4 weeks. After this period the sowing must be kept at a cold temperature (between –4 and +4°C) for another 4–6 weeks. Colder temperatures of –5°C are only advantageous for most species of the Ranunculus family. The temperature below it usually keeps in the optimum range of –4 to 0°C The sowing is kept moist, and the melting snow helps to destroy the shell, which is advantageous for the germinating seedling. After this cooling-period the sowing may not be immediately exposed to high temperatures. The most effective temperatures are between +5 to +12°C, even if germination has started. The best location for this sowing, even in March, April and May, is the open field, the cold frame or a cold greenhouse. These species usually show excellent results if sown soon after the harvest, although most of them only germinate in spring after the effect of winter. For best results please order seeds in time.
Grows well in any ordinary garden soil that is not too heavy. Prefers a moist well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. Easily grown in a very well-drained rather dry soil in sun or part shade. Plants flower better when growing in a sunny position. This plant is adored by slugs and is therefore very difficult to grow in the open garden where slugs are common. A very ornamental plant, it is rather rare in the wild so only cultivated plants should be harvested.
NOTE: If seeds from cold germinators fail to germinate, you will need to keep them until the following spring. Do not throw them away, they will come.
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