(Adonis aestivalis ‘Pheasant's Eye’)
Pheasant's Eye is a tender perennial flower native to the Mediterranean but can be found growing in the western United States as an annual. At maturity, this plant reaches a height of 24” and features branching stems, green fern-like leaves, and 8 petaled flowers that range in color (scarlet red, orange, and yellow) with a purple spot at their base. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees and butterflies, self-sows, and is used as a cut flower!
Variety: Pheasant's eye
Also Known As: Summer Pheasant's Eye, Adonis’ Flower, and Blood-drops .
Native to: Afghanistan, Algeria, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Corse, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Krym, Morocco, Nepal, North Caucasus, Pakistan, Palestine, Romania, South European Russi, Spain, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, West Himalaya, Xinjiang, Yugoslavia
Introduced into: California, Czechoslovakia, Idaho, Montana, Netherlands, New York, Oregon, Utah.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Blooms): Summer
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium. Moist Soil.
Soil Moisture: Prefers well-drained soil.
Attracts Beneficial Insects: Pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles.
Containers: Grows well as a container plant.
Stratification: No Stratification
Germination Ease: No Stratification
Sow Depth: 1/4"
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Produces: branching stems, green fern-like leaves, and 8 petaled flowers that range in color (scarlet red, orange, and yellow) which have a purple spot at their base.
Toxicity: A toxic principle is present in very small quantities in the plant. It is poorly absorbed so poisoning is unlikely. The plant is poisonous to horses.