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Aconitum ‘Bressingham Spire’

Monkshood

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.9m to 1m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.45m
  • Growth HabitScrambling or scandent
  • Flower ColourPurple blue
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Aconitum ‘Bressingham Spire’ (Monkshood). This variety bears upright spikes of purplish-blue flowers in mid summer to early autumn. The leaves are glossy dark green and deeply divided. This is a compact plant with an upright habit which will reach a height of 1m with a spread of 45cm.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

Mountainous grassland of N. Hemisphere.

The name Aconitum comes from the Greek 'akoniton' (Pliny) and Latin 'aconitum' (Virgil) for a poisonous herb. It possibly originates from the the Greek 'akon' - dart. The juice of the plant could be used for poisoning arrows.

Interest and use

Rock gardens and borders.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy, Loamy, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will prefer sun, but will tolerate some shade and this may enhance the flower colour. Best grown in moist fertile soil in cool conditions. Tall aconites may need staking.

Propagation

Propagation is by division in the autumn, every 2-3 years or by seed in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Fungal stem rot, Verticillium wilt and aphids may be a problem.

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