Winter Buttercups

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Winter Buttercups are a sweet addition to the early spring woodland garden. These deer resistant, bright golden-yellow petite flowers are easy to grow and prefer humus rich soil and partial shade. Winter buttercups naturalize and re-seed, so it’s best to find a location that allows room to grow. (Eranthis cilicica)
Zones 2 - 8
Easy To Grow
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 3-4" tall
Bulb Spacing12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeEarly spring
Item Package SizeBag of 15

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

Winter Buttercup or also known as Eranthis cilicica is best to be planted in the fall. These bulbs prefer moist soil, full sun to partial shade and places to naturalize. Great for woodland areas, In borders, rock gardens and under trees and shrubs. Once they have bloomed, let the foliage die back to allow the bulb to regenerate for the next season growth. If the Winter Buttercups are becoming overgrown or you would like to move them, the best time to dig up is late spring, just as the foliage dies back. 

More Information
Common Name
Winter Buttercups
Botanical Name
Eranthis cilicica
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Deeply dissected green to bronze leaves.
Mature Height
3-4" tall
Bulb Spacing
12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bulb Size
4 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 3" deep
Bloom Time
Early spring
Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant
Soil Type
Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Item Package Size
Bag of 15
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Skin irritant. All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Item Unit
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

No longer available this season.

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