Common Name : monkshoodFamily : RanunculaceaeType : Herbaceous PerennialHabit : BushyFlower colour : Violet BlueFlowering from : Julyto AugustFoliage : DeciduousFoliage colour : GreenSunlight : Part ShadeMoisture : Moist but well-drainedSoil : Acid / Neutral / AlkalineSeason of interest : SummerHardiness: Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters -15° to -10°
Aconitum napellus – also known as monkshood, wolfsbane and aconite – is plant steeped in lore because of the toxin, aconitine, it contains. It’s a beautiful herbaceous perennial with finely divided leaves similar to those of delphiniums, to which it’s related. It bears deep purple-blue flowers held on spires a metre or so in height and enjoys growing in cool, moist soil. It usually flowers in June and July.