This species is very closely related to Adonis annua[
Adonis ambigua Gaudin
Adonis annua phoenicea L.
Adonis autumnalis M.Bieb.
Adonis bienertii Butkov ex Riedl.
Adonis citrina Hoffm.
Adonis crinita Hoffm.
Adonis cristata Stapf
Adonis dentata provincialis DC.
Adonis flammea Schleich. ex Steud.
Adonis flava Vill.
Adonis inermis Stapf
Adonis inglisii Royle
Adonis linnaei Sennen
Adonis maculata Wallr.
Adonis marginata Bienert ex Hook.f.
Adonis micrantha DC.
Adonis miniata Jacq.
Adonis parviflora Fisch. ex DC.
Adonis polymorpha Zumagl.
Adonis scrobiculata Boiss..
Adonis squarrosa Steven
Cosmarium aestivale Dulac
Common Name: Pheasant's Eye
Adonis aestivalis is an erect, annual plant producing a branched, leafy stem 15 - 30cm tall.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
The plant often grows as a weed of cultivated land and waste land.
A toxic principle is present in very small quantities in the plant[
]. It is poorly absorbed so poisoning is unlikely[
The plant contains aconitic acid, adonitol and coumarin. Taken in excess these have been shown to cause colic, convulsions, dyspnea and hypertension[
The plant is poisonous to horses[
N. Africa - Algeria; Europe - from Poland to Spain, westwards through west and central Asia to western China, northern India, Nepal
A weed of cornfields, usually on calcareous soils.
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles
Grows well in ordinary garden soil[
]. Prefers a moist well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade[
A greedy plant inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[
The plant is antirheumatic, cardiotonic, diuretic, emmenagogue, sedative and stimulant[
]. It is used in the treatment of asthma and epilepsy[
]. Some caution is advised in the use of this remedy, see the notes above on toxicity.
The flowers are considered to be diuretic, laxative and lithontripic[
Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe in the autumn[
], though it can also be sown in situ in the spring[