The common names for the Hardy perennial Aconitum include Aconite, Monk's head and Wolfsbane.
They typically flowers from late summer to early autumn.
Latin names of Aconitum varieties include Aconitum carmichaelii, Aconitum lycoctonum, Aconitum vulparia, Aconitum hemsleyanum and Aconitum carmichaeli arendsii.
Aconitum napellus photograph by alexlomas.
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Aconitum lycoctonum picture by Nuuu..ul.
Aconitum carmichaelii arendsii photograph by Clivid
Aconitum vulparia by Col and Tasha.
Aconitum are large plants that can grow stems up to 250 cm in height. Wolfsbane has hooded white or purple flowers. As a consequence of the plants great height it has restrictive use in the garden, typically being grown at the back of borders.
G.A. Cooper @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
It is best to sow Aconitum on the soil surface, with a spacing of 20 to 25 cm for smaller species and up to 100 cm apart for larger species in the autumn. Wolfsbane prefers partly shady conditions, but can be grown in full sunlight as long as it is kept moist.
The soil should be cool and moist with a pH of 5 to 6. Aconitum plants require between 5 days and 250 days to germinate, it is best to start seeds off in a flat against a north facing wall before transplanting.
>i>Aconitum carmichaelii arendsii and similar species require regular watering in the summer. It is also important to stake the plant, as it may suffer from the effects of adverse weather. The plants should be cut back each autumn and split every four years to maintain healthy growth.
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