Plants We Love: Monkshood


*Warning* See endnote.

Plant name: Monkshood

Botanical name:
Aconitum ‘Red Wine’

Suggested by:
Kristl Walek, Gardens North

Virtues:
A twining monkshood in an unusual and stunning color.

Flower:
Large wine red flowers.

Foliage:
Dark green leaves that glisten.

Habit:
Twining, to 5 feet.

Season:
Late summer.

Companions:
A great adornment for early-blooming shrubs. It supplies interest when they are finished.

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Read about plants that other gardeners love
“I love Rose Campion. I grew these perennials from seed along the road of my Pocono, PA house and have gotten rave reviews.  I am noticing a lot of ‘babies’ that I hope will be ready next Spring.”

— JulFlower

WARNING ABOUT THIS PLANT
According to Herbaceous Perennial Plants, third edition by Allan M. Armitage:

“All aconitums have poisonous roots, leaves and stems and warnings concerning their poisonous properties have been sounded since the late 1500s … The turnip-shaped tuberous roots, however, are the most toxic and should not be planted near root crops such as potatoes or horseradish in case of accidental harvesting.”

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