Monkshood

Aconitum 'Spark's Variety'

Monkshood - Aconitum  'Spark's Variety'

Common Name: Monkshood
Genus: Aconitum
Cultivar: 'Spark's Variety'

The term Aconitum is derived from the Greek for Ďdartí, a reference to how arrows were once dipped in the sap of Monkshood Aconites to improve the arrowís potential to kill itís target.

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

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

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.


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