Monkshood

Aconitum 'Ivorine'

Monkshood - Aconitum  'Ivorine'

Common Name: Monkshood
Genus: Aconitum
Cultivar: 'Ivorine'

The term Aconitum is derived from the Greek for ‘dart’, a reference to how arrows were once dipped in the sap of Monkshood Aconites to improve the arrow’s potential to kill it’s target.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

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 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.


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