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.
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
Quantity: 10 Wolfsbane "monkshood" (Aconitum napellus) Seeds