New plant at Attenborough

A plant has been recorded at Attenborough Nature Reserve for the first time : Winter Aconite.

waconite

Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is an attractive perennial, becoming reasonably common in woodlands.  Although well-established in the wild, it’s not native, having been introduced (from southern Europe) as a garden plant in the 16th century.  Although it’s an attractive plant and a useful early nectar source for insects, I imagine the Attenborough staff will be monitoring it as it has the potential to become invasive.

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