Fran Pickering's picture

Small yellow flowers

Observed: 1st February 2013 By: Fran Pickering
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These flowers have appeared in my garden in the last 2 weeks. We have recently moved here, so I did not plant them. The leaves look a bit anemone-like, but they have very little stalk, growing very near soil-level.

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markwilson's picture

aconite

The anemone like leaves was a good first step

Rachy Ramone's picture

One of my favourite...

...winter flowers, I love these little guys.

In case you don't already know, they are NOT poisonous, as are not related at all to the poisonous Monkshood Aconitum napellus).

But you can see from the similarity of the leaves why they are called winter aconites!

If you are happy to have them, just leave them to set seed. Once they have died down, you just rake off the dead foliage and they will disappear until next winter.

This is as tall as they get, generally speaking: but after a few years they form a mass of bright yellow. A lovely sight, so early in the year!

Rachy Ramone

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