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Aconitum carmichaelii

Monkshood

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Rob Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (112914)

Plant details

Monkshood flowers are curiously hooded, so they make interesting plants for woodland situations, or in a part of the border that gets some shade. This variety is tall, imposing, long flowering and long-lived, with bright, blue flowers forming clusters along the flower spike. Extreme care should be taken when handling the plants as all parts are extremely toxic.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aconitum

Species: carmichaelii

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: September to November


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