Aconitum Monkshood


The monkshood plant is an herbaceous wildflower that can be found growing in mountain meadows throughout the northern hemisphere. Also known as wolfsbane and Aconitum, monkshood has become popular as a garden addition because of its purple/blue flowers and attractive foliage growing 2 to 4 feet tall a

In late summer or early fall, it sends up spires of purple/blue flowers. Monkshead is not invasive and is both deer and rabbit resistant. The best way to grow monkshood is to plant it in average and moist, but well drained soil.  Perennial monkshood prefers sun, but can tolerate some shade.  Try a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade for best results.


All members of the genus Aconitum, monkshood included, are poisonous. All parts of the plant are toxic, including the sap, so appreciate its beauty in the garden and not as a cut flower. To prevent absorption through the skin, wear gloves when you are gardening around monkshood.

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