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Aconitum lycoctonum

Northern Wolfsbane

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPurple, pale yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Aconitum lycoctonum (Northern Wolfsbane). Also known as Aconitum vulparia and Aconitum septentrionale. This species is an upright perennial with dark green, palmate, 5-7 lobed leaves. The flowers are produced in panicles of purple or pale yellow blooms in mid to late summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Tuber, Shrub or Herbaceous

Other common names

Monkshood

Origin

Europe, N. Asia

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

All parts of this plant are poisonous, so it's advisable to wear gloves. It may need staking.

Propagation

You can divide every third year in the autumn or late winter. Otherwise, propagate by seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

What out for aphids and fungal stem rot.

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