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Aconitum hemsleyanum

Monkshood

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

An unusual, climbing species with very slender, twining stems. In late summer and autumn it produces loose, drooping clusters of hooded, dark blue or violet flowers. This plant prefers full sun to partial-shade, and moist soil. The entire plant is highly toxic when ingested.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aconitum

Species: hemsleyanum

Plant type: Deciduous climber

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: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: September to February

Flowering period: July to August


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