Syn.: Adonis autumnalis L., Adonis micrantha DC., Adonis atrorubens (L.) Fritsch
Family: Ranunculaceae Juss.
Adonis annua
Distribution: The Mediterranean species – Southern Europe, Northern Africa and Turkey. Now naturalized in some countries of Western and Middle Europe.
Ecology: It grows on meadows and pastures, in bushes (garrigue), around roads and gardens. Flowers from April to September.
Description: An annual herb with an erect and little branched stem, 20–45(–60) cm high. The leaves are finely divided into linear segments. The flowers are singular, 3(–4) cm in diameter, scarlet in colour with darker spots at the base. The fruit is an achene.
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These images were taken in Italy, Gargano, Vieste (21. 4. 2008).