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Aconitum hemsleyanum

Monkshood

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourPurple-blue
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Aconitum hemsleyanum (Monkshood). Also known as Aconitum volubile. This species is a perennial climber. The leaves are small, rounded and 3-lobed and grey-green in colour. The flowers are racemes of purple-blue blooms in mid to late summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Tuber, Climber

Origin

Japan, China, Siberia

Interest and use

Rock gardens and borders.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -45°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • 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

By seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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