Aconitum 'Spark's Variety'
- 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. 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
Q:Advice on planting your pre-designed Red Summer border
Dear sir/madam I am particularly interested in buying the Red Summer Pre Designed Border. Please can you tell me whether these plants are suitable for planting in conjunction with weed inhibiting fabric. I want to minimise the amount of weeding required. Many thanks for your help RuthAsked on 6/22/2009 by Ruth Hamilton
A:Hello Ruth, You can plant these into the weed supressing fabric without any trouble at all, provided you make sure the fabric allows the water to drain through. All you need to do is cut big crosses into the fabric and peel back the edges to plant and then fold back the edges again. I hope this helps.Answered on 6/23/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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