1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume IV

Adonis Vernalis

Class and Order
Polyandria Polygynia
Generic Character
Cal. 5-phyllus. Petala quinis plura absque nectario. Sem. nuda.ADONIS vernalis flore dodecapetalo, fructu ovato. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. Murr. p. 514. Ait. Hort. Kew. Vol. 2. p. 264
HELLEBORUS niger tenuifolius, Buphthalmi flore. Bauh. Pin. 186
BUPHTHALMUM Dodon. Pempt. 261
HELLEBORUS niger ferulaceus sive Buphthalmum. The great Ox-eye, or the great yellow Anemone. Parkins. Parad. p. 291. f. 6.

Of this plant Linnæus makes two species, viz. the vernalis and appennina, differing in their specific character merely in the number of their petals, which are found to vary from situation and culture; as the first name taken from its time of flowering is the most expressive, we have followed Mr. Miller and Mr. Aiton in adopting it.

It is an old inhabitant of the English gardens, and a most desirable one, as it flowers in the spring; produces fine shewy blossoms, which expand wide when exposed to the sun, is hardy and readily cultivated.

Grows wild on the mountainous pastures of some parts of Germany.

134Adonis Vernalis
Adonis Vernalis