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Aconitum × cammarum

Monkshood

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1.2m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourBlue-purple, white
  • Leaf ColourGlossy medium green

Description

Aconitum × cammarum (Monkshood). This is an upright species with rounded to ovate, deeply lobed glossy dark green leaves. The flowers are produced in panicles of white or purple blooms. This species can grow to about 1.5m tall.

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)
  • SoilFertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Grow them in a cool moist fertile soil with partial shade, but they will tolerate full sun. They may need staking.

Propagation

You will need to divide the plants every third year in the autumn or late winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

What out for aphids and fungal stem rot.

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