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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.
Cultivar: Barkers Variety
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Violet
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: September to February
Flowering period: July to September
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