- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, fertile
- Rate of Growth: average
- Flowering period: June and July
- Flowers: ivory white
- Other features: the flowers attract butterflies and bees
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Erect spikes of creamy-white, helmet shaped flowers in late spring and early summer and deeply lobed, dark green leaves. This elegant monkshood is one of the first of the to bloom and is perfect for illuminating a lightly shaded woodland garden, as the distinctive white flowers are best in cool, moist conditions.
- Garden care: Prepare an extra deep planting hole at least 45cm (18in) deep, adding well-rotted organic matter to prevent the soil from drying out in summer. Always wear gloves when working with monkshood since all parts of the plant are poisonous and a potential skin irritant. Cut the flowering stem to within 15cm of the ground in the autumn to prevent it self seeding.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/harmful via skin
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Q:Aconitum - (Monkshood) dying back?
Hi there, I bought some Aconitum - Monkshood in June, but now in September they all have withered and appear to be dead. I noted it is described a full hardy, should it not still be green? I hope you can advise. Regards JillianAsked on 9/26/2009 by Jillian Timlin
A:Hello Jillian, These plants are herbaceous perennials, which are starting to die back now for the Winter. This is a natural part of their life cycle and the plants will remain dormant throughout Winter, then in the Spring the plants will put on lots of new, lush growth. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/29/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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