Aconitum napellus

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Common Monkshood

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.
Soil:
Moderate
Plant Shape:
Upright
Exposure:
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:
Perennial
Hardiness Zone:
3 - 7