Pheasant's Eye Seeds
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 12 - 16 inches
Bloom Season: Mid summer
Bloom Color: Red
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, fertile, pH 6.6 - 7.8
Foliage Color: Light green
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Adonis Aestivalis
Notes: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Temperature: 65 - 70F
Average Germ Time: 28 - 42 days
Light Required: No
Depth: Cover seeds lightly
Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches
Care & Maintenance: Pheasant's Eye
Summer Pheasant's Eye (Adonis Aestivalis) - Start Pheasant's Eye seeds and grow this annual to naturalize a landscape and add some bold color for interest and appeal. The Pheasant's Eye plant, also called Summer Pheasant's Eye, has finely cut leaves from 1 - 2 inches long. It is a mid-summer bloomer with small cup-shaped, dark centered red flowers that are 1/2 - 1 inch wide. It grows easily from Pheasant's Eye flower seeds, and it prefers fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Adonis Aestivalis Pheasant's Eye is useful for use in wild gardens, on slopes and mixed borders. It can grow in a light woodland area.
This red flowering plant is used for medicinal and ornamental purposes. The plant is a cardiotonic, diuretic and stimulant. The Pheasant's Eye flower is considered to be a diuretic, laxative and lithontripic. It is native to Europe but has been introduced elsewhere, such as the western and eastern parts of the United States. Caution must be used with this plant as it is toxic. Do NOT allow horses to eat the plant.
Directly sow Pheasant's Eye flower seeds outdoors into weed-free prepared soil. Sowing of the flower seed can either be done as a dormant planting in late fall after several hard frosts. Or, Adonis Aestivalis seed can be directly sown outdoors in the spring as soil temperatures begin to warm. Pheasant's Eye plants easily self-sow its own flower seeds, so each season, new plants will emerge. Deadheading the spent flowers will prolong the bloom season for the Pheasant's Eye plant.