Aconitum napellus

Aconitum napellus (Monkshood)  ak-on-EYE-tum  na-PEL-lus

Native to Western and Central Europe, Acontium napellus brings showy, densely packed spikes of purplish-blue flowers and attractive foliage to the shade garden. Blooming for weeks from mid to late summer, the helmet shape of the flowers resembles hoods worn by medieval monks, hence the common name monkshood. This upright flowering perennial performs best in part-shade and consistently moist, rich and well-drained soils. Note: all parts of this plant are poisonous. Avoid planting in areas children and pets frequent. Use gloves when handling.

Part Sun to Full Shade

Height: 2-4’/Spread: 1-2′

Mid to Late Summer

Size Available: 1 Gal

Description

Aconitum napellus (Monkshood)  ak-on-EYE-tum  na-PEL-lus

Native to Western and Central Europe, Acontium napellus brings showy, densely packed spikes of purplish-blue flowers and attractive foliage to the shade garden. Blooming for weeks from mid to late summer, the helmet shape of the flowers resembles hoods worn by medieval monks, hence the common name monkshood. This upright flowering perennial performs best in part-shade and consistently moist, rich and well-drained soils. Used as an arrow poison in ancient times, it is important to note that all parts of this plant are poisonous. You should wear gloves when working with it and avoid planting in areas where children and pets might come in contact with it.