This beautiful flower is actually an herb that has been used for centuries. Monkshood is a beautiful perennial flower with deeply cut foliage and loose spikes of dark violet-blue flowers.
It establishes from Monkshood seeds and prefers damp areas with rich humus soil and persistent moistness. The Monkshood plant reaches a height of 36 - 48 inches, and it generally is sturdy enough to not need staking.
Common names for Aconitum Napellus are Monkshood as the blooms resemble a hood, Aconite, or Wolfsbane as the plant was used to poison wolves.
Season: Perennial USDA Zones: 3 - 8 Height: 36 - 48 inches Bloom Season: Midsummer to early fall Bloom Color: Dark violet-blue Environment: Full sun Soil Type: Well-drained soils, pH 5.8 - 6.8 Foliage Color: Blue-green Notes:: All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested
Temperature: 64 - 72F Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days Light Required: No Depth: Cover seeds lightly Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination Plant Spacing: 24 - 30 inches