Aconitum napellus

Common Monkshood

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This particular monkshood has been a long-time favorite in gardens, and it's a natural for cottage gardens and lightly wooded areas where it's brilliant purple and strong erect form make a strong statement. Just give it good drainage and consistent moisture, especially if you're putting it in full sun.

Aconitums are commonly known as monkshood, because the upper sepal of each flower resembles the hoods of medieval monks. They attract a variety of butterflies and moths, and are the primary food source for Old World bees. Another common name, wolfbane, refers to the poison made from this plant's roots, which was used to tip hunting arrows. Medicinal (and poisonous) uses of this plant date back to ancient times. What's the difference between a medicine and a poison? Dosage.
Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
July - August
Bloom Color
Blue, Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 7