Monkshood

Aconitum 'Stainless Steel'

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Common Name: Monkshood
Genus: Aconitum
Cultivar: 'Stainless Steel'

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, Long flowering period
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, White
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to August

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

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 is 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. 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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