Aconitum napellus Growing Guide

How to Grow Monkshood in your Garden


Aconitum napellus photograph by Joan Simon.

Aconitum napellus Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Aconitum napellus
  • Common Name: Monkshood
  • Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 8
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Herbaceous, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 42 to 60
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 9 to 12
  • Time of Bloom: Late summer, Mid summer
  • Flower Details: Blue
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Irregular or sprawling, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loamy, Neutral, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist/Wet

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Divisionbetween autumn and spring
  • How to Prune: Cut down plants in autumn
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Subject to powdery mildews

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Deer
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, En masse , Woodland garden
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Some parts are poisonous, Suitable for cut flowers
  • Genus Detail: Aconitum
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

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