Aconitum 'Spark's Variety'
Indian sapphire-blue flowers from July until late August, or longer, on this prolific and floriferous metre-high monkshood - perfect massed with blush-white and champagne-hued roses
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, fertile
- Rate of Growth: average
- Flowering period: July to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This stately monkshood has erect spikes of hooded, deep violet flowers on slender, branching stems in mid and late summer and deeply divided, dark green leaves. This is one of the tallest and best summer flowering varieties. Although it will take some sun, it is perfect planted in groups at the back of a border in partial shade, and its a fabulous low maintenance alternative to delphiniums. When working with monkshood always wear gloves since all parts of the plant are poisonous and a potential skin irritant.
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. Stake before the flowers appear, and deadhead to the next row of buds to prolong flowering. Always wear gloves when working with monkshood since all parts of the plant are poisonous and a potential skin irritant.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/harmful via skin
Many flowering plants can be encouraged to produce better and longer-lasting displays with the minimum of effort. A plant produces flowers in order to reproduce and ensure the survival of the species. Once a plant has flowered and fertilisation has...Read full article