Adonis aestivalis
summer pheasant's-eye

Distribution: Introduced and occasionallhy escaping, but marginally persistant; uncommon in the Pacific Northwest.

Habitat: Disturbed areas.

Flowers: June

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous annual, the stem simple or branched above, 2-6 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, bipinnately dissected into narrow, linear segments, the lower leaves petiolate.


Flowers showy, regular, single on naked peduncles; sepals 5, greenish, rounded; petals 5-10, white to red with a bluish base, narrowly oblong-oblanceolate, about twice the length of the sepals, sub-erect; stamens blue, numerous; pistils numerous.


Achene hardened and rough, with a short, straight beak.

Accepted Name:
Adonis aestivalis L.
Publication: Sp. Pl., ed. 2. 1: 771. 1762. 1762.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Adonis aestivalis L. var. citrina Hoffm.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Adonis aestivalis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Adonis aestivalis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Adonis aestivalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Adonis aestivalis photos.

USDA Plants: Adonis aestivalis information.

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