How can you not fall in love with a perennial that has regal blue spires? And monkshood is that plant. Relatively unknown, it deserves a lot more attention. It produces tall spikes of hooded purple, blue, white, or bicolor blooms in late summer to fall. When not in bloom, its mounds of coarsely lobed foliage look great, too.
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.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
||Aconitum napellus, monkshood
|Maximum Reachable Height
|| 2.00 to 4.00 feet
||Deep purplish blue
||July to August
||easy to grow
Planting and careNeeds cool nights below 70 degrees F. to grow wellCut 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.
Monks hood 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.
||55 and 60 degrees.
||Apply any organic fertilizer
Monks hood special feature
Monkshood dislikes hot weather, so its usually not a great choice for gardeners in hot-summer climates.
Monks hood uses
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose