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Aconitum carmichaelii 'Barkers Variety'

Monkshood

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Violet

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

With its imposing upright stems, this is an impressive plant that is perfect for the back of the border. In late summer and early autumn, plants bear long racemes of large and colourful, pure deep violet-blue flowers. Also known as monkshood, they will grow to about 90cm. Fully hardy, plants prefer a sunny position but will tolerate some shade, which can enhance the colour of the blooms. They grow best in fertile, well-drained soil and should not be allowed to dry out between waterings. Contact with the foilage may irritate skin; all parts of the plant are highly toxic if ingested.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aconitum

Species: carmichaelii

Cultivar: Barkers Variety

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Violet

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 160cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to divide plants: September to February

Flowering period: July to September


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