Chicago Botanic Garden

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Azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) is in the Landscape Garden.


Azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) is a favorite of gardeners and florists. Native to China, this 5-foot perennial is topped by dense spikes of royal purple flowers with inner markings in a lighter shade. Full sun and moist soils are the plant's preferred growing conditions. In its native range, Aconitum is disliked by herders because of its toxicity to livestock (who avoid it assiduously).

Medicinal (and poisonous) uses of this plant date back to the fifteenth century. All parts are considered poisonous. What is the difference between a medicine and poison? Dosage.





Dazzling Stacy™ daisy garden mum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Dazzling Stacy') matures to 2 feet tall; it has a mounded habit covered in daisy-shaped flowers with red-orange tips to the petals and a yellow center. This midseason mum thrives in full sun and fertile soils, and is disease- and insect-resistant.

This hardy cultivar will establish as a perennial in Chicago-area gardens if planted at least six weeks before the first hard frost. To obtain full, bushy plants, pinch back the growing tips when they reach 4 to 6 inches in height in spring.

Dazzling Stacy™ garden mum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Dazzling Stacy') is in the Enabling Garden.


Only the Lonely woodland tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris 'Only the Lonely') produces stately 6-foot-tall plants that feature 6-inch-long tubular, sweetly scented flowers from midsummer up to frost. This plant prefers full sun to partial shade and moderate soil fertility. It will gently reseed about the garden if given the opportunity. The deer-resistant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds by day and moths by night. This is a great plant to place near an entrance or patio, where the fragrance from the flowers can be enjoyed.

Only the Lonely woodland tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris 'Only the Lonely') is in the English Walled Garden.


Playboy floribunda rose (Rosa 'Playboy) features orange-scarlet semi-double blooms on a medium-sized bush that is disease-resistant if planted in full sun and provided with moderate water and fertilizer. Floribunda roses typically produce sprays of multiple flowers from June until frost.

Playboy floribunda rose (Rosa 'Playboy') is in the Rose Garden.


Milka New England aster (Symphyotrichum 'Milka') is hardy in the Chicago area and is widely grown for the lavender-purple flowers that cover the plant from late September through mid-October (first frost). It is insect- and disease-resistant when grown in full sun with open space between plants.

Milka New York aster (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Milka') is in the Circle Garden.