This red flowering plant is used for medicinal and ornamental purposes. The plant is a cardiotonic, diuretic, and stimulant. The Pheasant's Eye flower is considered to be a diuretic, laxative, and lithontripic.
It is native to Europe but has been introduced elsewhere, such as the western and eastern parts of the United States. Caution must be used with this plant as it is toxic. Do NOT allow horses to eat the plant.
Directly sow Pheasant's Eye flower seeds outdoors into weed-free prepared soil. Sowing of the flower seed can either be done as a dormant planting in late fall after several hard touches of frost.
Or, Adonis aestivalis seed can be directly sown outdoors in the spring as soil temperatures begin to warm.
Pheasant's Eye plants easily self-sow its own flower seeds, so each season, new plants will emerge. Deadheading the spent flowers will prolong the bloom season for the Pheasant's Eye plant.