Adonis amurensis

The early-flowering Adonis amurensis heralds the arrival of spring with its bright yellow blooms. When fully open, the shiny flowers are shapedlike bowls standing against a delicate background of matt green, finely cut leaves. It is suitable for the front of a border or for brightening up a rock garden. A dwarf perennial, it reaches a height of 23-38cm (9-15in) with a spread of 30cm (1 ft). The variety ‘Flore Pleno’ has double yellow, green-centred flowers and ferny leaves.

Cultivation

Adonis will grow in any ordinary garden soil but thrives in a light soil, with leafmould added to retain moisture. Plant in a sunny or partially shaded site between mid summer and mid autumn, with the crowns 2.5cm (1 in) below the soil surface.

Propagation: Divide and replant in early autumn. Alternatively, sow seeds in summer in boxes in a cold frame. Prick out into pots when large enough to handle and grow on for a year. Transplant into nursery rows and grow on for another year before placing in permanent positions.

Pests and diseases: Adonis is generally trouble free.

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