Winter Aconite. Photo: It Fryske Gea.

Winter Aconite. Photo: It Fryske Gea.

Winter Aconites, like Snowdrops, are very early spring bloomers. The Winter Aconites originate from the more southerly hilly areas of Europe, for example, from Italy and Slovenia. Winter Aconites have the property that the flowers only open when there is enough sun. Large groups of Winter Aconites are just like Snowdrops an impressive sight. They make the most impression when the flowers are open (sun) and, if the temperature is sufficiently high, they are visited by聽 many bumblebees and bees. Pollination by these insects is essential for obtaining seed. The amount of seed that is produced can vary greatly from year to year. The Winter Aconites can propagate well from seed and through the formation of new tubers. It will take a year or three before a flowering plant can develop from seed. If the plants are in a denser Ivy (Hedera) vegetation, propagation by seed hardly takes place.

Jongemastate, Pastorietuin Easterein (Old rectory garden), Philippusfenne, St. Vitus churchyard Stiens and Stinze Stiens are interesting places to see聽 Winter Aconites.