Plants are essential to everyone's lives. Welcome to Plantlife.

Pheasant’s-eye

(Adonis annua)

Pheasant's-eye © John Martin

Pheasant's-eye © John Martin


A very attractive plant with deep red cup-shaped flowers that resemble an anemone.

The petals have a dark basal spot with black anthers. Leaves are finely divided with bright green parallel-sided segments. Plants can grow up to 50 cm tall and often branched.

Distribution

A native of Mediterranean region of Europe; it has long naturalised northwards to Britain. Although records are widespread throughout southern Britain with isolated sites as far north as central Scotland, it has never been abundant. The majority or remaining sites are restricted to Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Habitat

An arable species, it is typically found in the margins of fields sown with winter cereals, although on Salisbury Plain is also found on disturbed ground. It is always found on calcareous loamy soils either on chalk or limestone.

Best time to see

Mid June to mid July when in flower

Status

Endangered species on UK Red List and UK BAP Priority Species