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Eranthis is among the first plants to flower in spring. It is a small genus of 8 species in the buttercup family,  Ranunculaceae, native to S-Europe and east to Japan. They are low growing woodland plants that take advantage of the spring sunlight before the trees leaf out, to bloom their white or yellow flowers. The leaves appear after flowering and fade when the forest has become shaded.

Eranthis hyemalis
Eranthis hyemalis

Winter Aconite

A spring flowering woodland plant with yellow flowers.

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