Pheasant's Eye Adonis 'Fukujukai'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
pheasant's eye 'Fukujukai'


The Adonis 'Fukujukai' is a striking perennial known for its ornamental qualities. It displays a lush mound of dissected fern-like foliage which ranges from bright green to bluish-green in color. The leaves of the plant are finely divided and create a delicate, feathery texture. Come spring, this plant produces a showy display of flowers. The blossoms are large and bowl-shaped with numerous petals that create a golden-yellow bloom that is especially vibrant. The flowers have a subtle luster that catches the light, giving them a shimmering appearance. In the center of each flower, there is often a contrasting tuft of yellow stamens which adds to the plant's allure. The overall effect of the blooms is reminiscent of buttercups, with a glossy sheen and rich, sunlit hues. The flowering period of the Adonis 'Fukujukai' makes it a much-desired plant for adding a splash of early-season color to gardens. Its foliage remains attractive after the flowers have faded, providing a backdrop to other plants that come into their own later in the growing season. With its feathery foliage and radiant flowers, the Adonis 'Fukujukai' is a dazzling addition to any garden setting, providing both texture and color.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pheasant's Eye, Adonis Amurensis 'Fukujukai', Amur Adonis, Fukujukai

    • Common names

      Adonis amurensis 'Fukujukai', Adonis ramosa 'Fukujukai'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Adonis plant is known to be toxic to humans. It contains cardioglycosides, which can impact the heart if ingested. Symptoms of Adonis poisoning might include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, and in severe cases, cardiac arrhythmia can occur, which can be potentially life-threatening. If any part of the Adonis plant is ingested, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

    • To pets

      The Adonis plant is toxic to pets as well. If a pet ingests this plant, they may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hyper-salivation, and weakness. It can also affect the heart of the animal, potentially leading to life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Immediate veterinary care should be sought if a pet has consumed any part of the Adonis plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Decorative Appeal: Adonis 'Fukujukai' adds aesthetic value to gardens with its bright yellow flowers and attractive foliage.
    • Seasonal Interest: It blooms in late winter to early spring, providing color and interest during a time when few other plants are in flower.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, the plant has moderate drought tolerance, requiring less frequent watering.
    • Low Maintenance: It requires minimal care, making it a suitable choice for gardeners with limited time.
    • Pest Resistance: The plant has a natural resistance to many common pests, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The vibrant flowers attract bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Compact Size: Its small stature makes it suitable for rock gardens, borders, or small garden spaces.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • The pheasant's eye can be used in art and illustration as it provides vibrant colors and unique shapes that can inspire artists for botanical drawings or paintings.
    • In floral language or floriography, presenting someone with the pheasant's eye could convey a message of love or admiration, as flowers often have symbolic meanings.
    • This flower could serve educational purposes in botany or horticulture studies due to its interesting growth habits and seasonal attributes.
    • As a natural dye source, the petals of the pheasant's eye might be used to tint fabrics or paper in shades of yellow or green.
    • The flower could be used in photography, offering vibrant subject matter for photographers specializing in botanical themes.
    • When dried, the pheasant's eye could be a component in potpourri mixes, contributing to the visual appeal and overall scent profile.
    • Its distinctive appearance can be replicated in sugar art or cake decorations by skilled confectioners for ornamental purposes.
    • Pheasant's eye can be integral to themed gardens or educational displays that showcase plants mentioned in literature or mythology.
    • In crafting, the blooms can be pressed and used in creating bookmarks, greeting cards, or other paper-based crafts.
    • During restorative ecological projects, the pheasant's eye can be planted to help recreate certain historical or native landscapes for education and conservation.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Adonis is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Adonis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beauty: Adonis is associated with beauty, taking its name from the Greek god Adonis, who was renowned for his handsomeness.
    • Renewal: As Adonis 'Fukujukai' blooms in early spring, it symbolizes new beginnings and the renewal of life after winter.
    • Rememberance and Mourning: In some mythological contexts, Adonis is linked to the cycle of life and death, therefore the plant is sometimes a symbol of remembrance for those who have passed.
    • Transient Nature of Life: The fleeting bloom of the Adonis flower serves as a reminder of the ephemeral nature of existence.

Every 2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Adonis plant, commonly known as pheasant's eye, should be watered deeply but infrequently, only when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. During active growth in the spring and summer months, this might translate to approximately once a week, depending on climate conditions such as heat and humidity. Each watering session should provide enough water to moisten the soil thoroughly, which could be around 1 gallon for a medium-sized plant growing in the ground. During the fall and winter, when the plant is dormant, reduce watering frequency further to prevent overwatering and potential root rot. It’s vital to ensure that the pot or area where the plant is growing has adequate drainage to allow excess water to escape.

  • sunLight

    Pheasant's eye thrives in full sun to partial shade conditions. The ideal spot for the plant is where it can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight daily, but it should also be protected from the intense, hot afternoon sun which can be too harsh for the plant. Dappled sunlight is excellent for areas with particularly strong sunlight, and a little afternoon shade can prevent potential leaf burn.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Pheasant's eye prefers temperate conditions and performs well in a temperature range between 50°F and 75°F. The plant can survive in temperatures as low as 20°F but should be protected from harsh frosts. Pheasant’s eye's ideal growing conditions are in an environment that does not frequently experience extreme temperature fluctuations.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pheasant's eye may require minimal pruning to remove dead or damaged foliage, typically after blooming or in late fall to prepare for winter dormancy. Pruning promotes healthy growth and improves air circulation. It is best to prune the plant after the flowers have faded, cutting back the spent flowering stems to maintain a tidy appearance. Pruning once a year is generally adequate for this plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pheasant's eye (Adonis 'Fukujukai') prefers a well-draining soil mix with equal parts of loam, peat, and sharp sand, ensuring good aeration and moisture retention. A slightly acidic to neutral soil pH of 6.0 to 7.0 is ideal for this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Pheasant's eye should generally be repotted every two to three years to refresh the soil and address any root crowding. Repotting is best done in the late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Pheasant's eye thrives in moderate humidity levels; providing a humidity level between 40% to 60% is beneficial for the plant's growth and health.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Pheasant's eye near a bright window, out of direct sun.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Pheasant's eye in partial shade with rich, moist soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Adonis 'Fukujukai', commonly known as pheasant’s eye or false hellebore, starts its life cycle with seed germination that requires a period of cold stratification to break dormancy. Once germinated, the seedling develops a root system and a rosette of leaves on the soil surface. Over time, the plant establishes a strong root system and begins to form buds that will produce its distinctive yellow flowers. Flowering typically occurs in the spring when daylight hours increase, and temperatures are favorable. After the bloom, the plant sets seeds which are then dispersed to start new plants. Eventually, as the weather warms in summer, Adonis 'Fukujukai' becomes dormant and its foliage dies back, conserving energy in its roots to repeat the cycle the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Adonis 'Fukujukai', commonly known as pheasant's eye, is a perennial plant that is most effectively propagated through seed collection in the fall. To propagate Adonis 'Fukujukai', collect the seeds as soon as they mature, which typically occurs in late summer or early fall. Clean and dry the seeds before storing them in a cool, dry place over the winter. Come spring, sow the seeds in a cold frame or directly into a well-prepared seed bed, covering them with a thin layer of soil. Ensure consistent moisture until germination occurs, which will happen when temperatures are sufficiently warm, typically in late spring or early summer. Seedlings should be handled with care due to their delicate nature and can be transplanted to their final location once they're large enough to handle and the danger of frost has passed.