Aconitum napellus--Monkshood, Aconite

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Aconitum napellus--Monkshood, Aconite

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Monkshood bears hooded blue, purple, white or yellow flowers in late summer or autumn. This tall plant has tuberous or thickened roots and is poisonous. Monkshood needs well drained, moist soil and partial shade. The plant grows best in cool weather and is not harmed by light frosts in the fall. The plant and flower size is improved by fertilizing.

Propagation is by seed, or division done in autumn or early spring. Delay division until the plants absolutely need it. Starting seed may not be reliable. The seed needs moist storage at 41 degrees for six weeks to overcome dormancy.

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