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Monkshood Aconitum

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Other plants called Monkshood:

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ah-kon-EE-tum
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Monkshood is poisonous, with a narcotic juice present in the leaves and roots. Do not plant near the vegetable garden, where its fleshy roots could be mistaken for Jerusalem artichokes.

 

Found in: Forest or natural area, moist woods and along creek banks; landscape, flower garden as herbaceous perennial

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

Propagation: Division of clumps in fall

Season: Mid to late summer

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#purple#white#sun#poisonous#full sun#partial shade#summer#blue#perennial#violet#white flowers#purple flowers#blue flowers#violet flowers#summer flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aconitum
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
    Distribution:
    Mountains, Piedmont
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Color ranges from blue, violet, white or blue-purple with the upper part hood- or helmit-like.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, palmately, and are 3-9-lobed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Problems:
    Poisonous
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Poisonous if ingested. HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN! Burning of lips and mouth, numbness of throat; intense vomiting and diarrhea, muscular weakness and spasms, weak pulse, paralysis of the respiratory system, convulsions; may be fatal.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids aconitine and others
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems