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Aconitum (Aconite)

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Aconitum (Aconite)

(From akoniton, the Greek name for the plant)


Aconitum Napellus (A. pyramiddle; A. tauricum)

English Names: Aconite, Monk's hood, Helmet flower, Wolf's bane, Friar's cap, Friar's cowl, Cuckoo's cap, Face in hood, Jacob's chariot, Blue rocket.


An ornamental plant with large deep purple flowers of a curious helmet shape, growing in loose spikes on erect stems three to five feet high. Foliage finely divided, dark and handsome; persistent. Excellent for the herbaceous

border or for naturalizing against shrubbery, preferably with light foliage; but should never be planted too near the kitchen garden or children's garden, as the root (a globular tuber), leaves, and flowers are highly poisonous.

Good also for cutting. In some localities Aconite grows to a height of seven or more feet and has to be staked or treated as a vine; in others it barely attains a height of three feet, A perennial which, though sometimes slow in becoming established, is perfectly hardy when once it has a firm footing. Will grow in any garden soil, but a rich moist soil is preferable. Thrives in open sun, but the flowers will last longer in shady places. Propagate by division.

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