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Other names:

Castilian: Adonis vernal.

French: Adonis, Adonis du printemps. Gold button.

English: Pheasant's eye, Adonis, spring adonis, false Hellebores, sweet vernal, red Chamomile, red morocco, rose - a - blond, red Math.

German: Adonisröschen, frühlingsteufelsauge.

Dutch: voorjaarsadonis, duivelsoog.

Italian: Adonide primaverile, Fior d'Adone, big blue di OCCHIO, OCCHIO of Diavolo.




High mountains of central and eastern Europe.


Beginning in the spring.


Up to 40 cm.

Part used medicinally:

All the plant. This reflects the plant in April or May.

Important components:

Cardenólidos glycosides (up 4%)



Acid adonídico.




L - Ramnäs.



Estrofandogenina, vernadigina.

Saponins, carotoides, hill, phytosterol, resins and fatty acids.

In 1942, Rosenmund and Reichstein isolated another glucoside, the zimarina crystallized.

Therapeutic benefits:

Regulatory functions of the heart.






I find this fascinating name. It seems that refers in its phonetics and toxic to a plant it is. His appearance is harmonious and I would say that even elegant, with a beautiful tone in their leaves yellow. It is hard to find a plant in Spain. Only I could find on land close to the Catalan Seu of Urgell.

The pharmaceutical industry uses it to extract active ingredients for the development of drugs and diuretics regulating functions heart. It is said that its toxicity is so great that even the cows and goats that can transmit their harmfulness consumed through milk to humans.

Way to prepare:

Bake at 1%.

In tincture 10 drops five times a day.


From early April until May.

Bits of interest:

Herbaceous perennial plant.

It is much more effective to cool the plant dry.

There are other similar species in Spain: Adonis aestivalis and Adonis autumnalis.

On behalf of Adonis vernalis is the Greek legend of the hunter Adonis. Her lover, Venera Aphrodite, spread these plants flowered with his blood.

The fruit is a aquenoide.

Plant is similar to the virtues of digital.

Being a plant of the steppes of southern Russia and Hungary, arrived in Spain in the past geological through Central Europe is not surprising that pharmacists were unaware of the great Mediterranean antiquity.

Some preparations of interest:

Because of its toxicity preparations with this plant is best to leave it to doctors and experts in the field botany and phytotherapeutic.

Used Part.

Sumidades the air.

Active Principles.

Heterósidos cardenólido cardiac rate (0. 1 - 0. 4%) Cimarosa, adonitoxósido. Mineral salts. Organic acids. Carotenoids. Flavonoids: adonivernitina.

Drug Action.

The cardenólidos confer cardiac properties, and antiarrhytmic diuretic, action reinforced by the presence of flavonoids.


Congestive heart failure, tachycardia, arrhythmias, extrasistolia. Rest periods of treatments digitalis (cumulatively have less action on the myocardium that the digital)


Treatment with heterósidos carditónicos, quinidine, thiazide diuretics or laxatives Anthraquinone (you can produce an enhancement of its action and in case of overdose, a reversal of the effect cardiotonic)

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Caution / Poisoning.

Should only be used under medical specialist. We recommend using digitalis to use.

The whole plant is toxic due to the presence of cardiac glycosides.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.


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