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Monkshood

Aconitum napellus

Aconite, Adam and Eve, Bear's foot, Common aconite, Common monk's cowl, Cupid's cap, Dumbledore's delight, Elijah's chariot, Flapdock, Grandmother's nightcap, Friar's cap, Garden monk's hood, Garden wolf's bane, Helen flower, Helen's flower, Helmet flower, Monk's cap, Pops, Soldier's cap, Turk's cap, Venus's chariot drawn by two doves

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A stunning mid to late summer flowering perennial for the back of borders. It's common name of "Wolfsbane" is believed to be because it was included in bait to kill wolves and foxes. Handle with care (gloves & long sleeves) and you will be rewarded with beautiful blue/dark violet flowers above attractive dark green foliage.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Division
Divide in autumn every 2/3 yrs but it can be slow to re-establish.
Seed
Requires a cold spell to activate germination. Direct sow or in pots in autumn. Alternatively, in spring, refrigerate the seeds for 2 weeks then sow as normal. Germination can take 2 to 4 weeks and maybe erratic.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Europe, Eurasia

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
Placed at the back of flower borders and beds this plant suits formal urban spaces to informal cottage gardens. A useful plant that is resistant to rabbits.

Personality

Family
Ranunculaceae
Flower colour
Blue

Problems

Generally pest free
Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew
Erysiphaceae

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