Herb: Pheasant's Eye


Latin name: Adonis aestivalis


Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



Medicinal use of Pheasant's Eye:

The plant is a cardiotonic, diuretic and stimulant. Some caution is advised in the use of this remedy, see the notes above on toxicity. The flowers are considered to be diuretic, laxative and lithontripic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
June

Habitat of the herb:

Cornfields, usually on calcareous soils.

Propagation of Pheasant's Eye:

Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, though it can also be sown in situ in the spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Cornfields, usually on calcareous soils.

Known hazards of Adonis aestivalis:

A toxic principle is present in very small quantities in the plant. It is poorly absorbed so poisoning is unlikely. The plant is poisonous to horses.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.