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Aconitum ‘Ivorine’

Monkshood

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.9m to 1m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourCreamy yellow
  • Leaf ColourRich green

Description

Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ (Monkshood). This is a hybrid cultivar which will grow to about 1m tall with dense foliage. The flowers are produced in many spikes of pale ivory-yellow flowers which will rise a short distance above the foliage.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Rhizome, 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

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade or Any
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Loamy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Although the roots have the highest concentration of dangerous alkaloids, all parts of the plant are poisonous, so it is wise to wear gloves when handling.

Propagation

By division in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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