About Pheasant's Eye: The bright blossoms of Pheasant’s Eye once grew wild along roadsides and in meadows of Europe and Asia. The Latin name, Adonis, comes from the Greek myth that this flower first sprang up from drops of blood that fell from Adonis, who symbolizes beauty. This plant is now considered rare in most countries, even an endangered species in some parts of Europe. It can still be found occasionally on rocky slopes and wasteland. All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested, and are especially dangerous to horses and other grazing animals.
Pheasant's Eye Germination: For direct sowing, scatter the seeds in prepared soil either in late fall or early spring. The seed can also be started indoors, about ¼” below the surface; keep the temperature at 65 - 70 degrees F. The soil should be consistently moist and protected from the hottest rays of the sun. Germination usually takes place within 30-40 days; though they germinate slowly, the plants are hardy grow quickly. After the last frost of spring, transplant the seedlings 9-12” apart in well drained, rich soil and full sun or partial shade.
Growing Pheasant's Eye Seeds: Keep the plants well watered, preventing the soil from drying out. Pheasant’s Eye plants tend to fall over easily, and may need the support of other plants or stakes to prevent damage. Deadheading the flowers will prolong their blooming. Since this plant reseeds itself easily, removing the wilted flowers also prevents volunteer seedlings. Pheasant’s Eye also grows well as a container plant.
Harvesting Pheasant's Eye: For cut flowers, harvest blossoms that have just opened; leave a long stem.
Saving Pheasant's Eye Seeds: Remove the seed heads as soon as they mature and begin to turn dry and brown. Spread them out to finish drying, then thresh them to remove the seeds. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Pheasant's Eye Info: Origin: Europe and Asia; introduced to the US Other Common Names: Summer Pheasant's Eye, Adonis’ Flower, Blooddrops Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer Height: 12-15 inches Spacing: 9-12 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 3,200 Produces feathery, light green foliage and orange to red 1” flowers with dark centers.