Plants We Love: Monkshood - Horticulture

Plants We Love: Monkshood

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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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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.”