Aconitum 'Stainless Steel'
This unique, architectural monkshood has steely eryngium-blue flowers. Contrast against ruby-leaved Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ or use with deep-blue aconitums for extra glimmer
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, fertile
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This is a medium-sized monkshood, with erect spikes of hooded, intense pale blue flowers from early to late summer and deeply divided, grey-green leaves. This beautiful metallic blue monkshood was introduced several years ago to great acclaim. Although it will take some sun, its perfect planted in groups at back of a border in partial shade, to light up a dark corner, and its a low maintenance and long-flowering alternative to delphiniums
- 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.
- 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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