One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the buttercup family which has scarlet flowers with dark centres, native to southern Europe and south-western Asia.
Adonis annua, family Ranunculaceae
- ‘Pheasant's eyes grow either in mountain forests of broad-leaf trees or alone near mountain streams. They produce purple flowers, and their roots have a strong poison, which have been used to make poison arrows.’
- ‘There are also bushes and small trees and tough flowers like pheasant's eye and viper's grass.’
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