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Aconitum cammarum ‘'Bicolor'’

Purple Wolf's Bane 'Bicolor'

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.9m to 1.3m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourBlue-white
  • Leaf ColourDark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Aconitum cammarum ‘'Bicolor'’ (Purple Wolf's Bane 'Bicolor'). Also known as Aconitum carmichaelii 'Bicolor', Aconitum napellus 'Bicolor', Aconitum × bicolor, and Aconitum × stoerckianum. This cultivar bears panicles of blue to white flowers on arching branches of dark green foliage. It will grow to about 1.2m tall.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Tuber, 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 its flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or 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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