"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Monday, 4 February 2008

Leaf of the Day: Aconite

An aconite from under the weeping ash tree. They are so pretty and dainty with their green fringe and glossy yellow petals. Locally they are known as "choirboys ", an innocent and charming image, but like the hellebore from yesterday they are poisonous. Their root is similar to Horseradish and that confusion had added a deadly zest to some roast beef in the past.
The Latin name is "Eranthis hyemalis" and together with the hellebore they are part of the ranunculus genus..buttercups.
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Winter Aconite.


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