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Description for Monks hood
Aconitum napellus is an erect, tuberous-rooted perennial which features dense, terminal racemes (to 8" long) of hooded, deep purplish-blue to violet flowers atop rigid, leafy stems typically growing 2-4' tall. Commonly found in moist pastures and moist mountainous areas of Europe and Asia.
Planting and care
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Soils must not be allowed to dry out, but need sufficient drainage to prevent wet conditions from developing. Best in full sun in cool summer climates.
Caring for Monks hood
- Needs cool nights below 70 degrees F. to grow well
- Cut back stems after flowering to encourage an additional late season bloom.
- Although plants may be propagated by division, they are often slow to establish and are probably best left undisturbed once planted.
Typical uses of Monks hood
Special features: Monkshood dislikes hot weather, so it's usually not a great choice for gardeners in hot-summer climates.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
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