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
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.