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Aconitum uncinatum

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Aconitum uncinatum (blue monkshood) flower.
  • Aconitum uncinatum (blue monkshood) flower.
  • Aconitum uncinatum (blue monkshood) flower.
  • Aconitum uncinatum (blue monkshood) flower.

Aconitum uncinatum

Also known as:

blue monkshood

,

southern blue monkshood

,

monk's hood

,

monkshood

Plant types and subtypes:
Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium, high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: rich, loam, clay

Height: 2'-5'

Bloom Time: June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: violet, purple, blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7

Native Range: AL, DC, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MO, NC, NH, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV

Additional Tags: medicinal, poisonous, pond margin plant, stream margin plant

Description

Resembling a vine in habit, Aconitum uncinatum sends up several slender arching stems to 5' or more in length that like to lean on other plants for support. Beautiful, unusual violet-ultramarine blue flowers resemble an ornate hood and are about 1" across; leaves are thick, deep green and cut into 3-5 lobes.

Cultivation

Monkshood make an attractive addition to woodland gardens, pond and stream margins. It thrives in deep, fertile moist soil. It may be planted in full sun, but prefers a sheltered or part shade location, specially where summers are hot and dry. Bloom time extends from June to September. Zones 6-7

Propagation

May be propagated from seed, or by division after the leaves die back in the fall.

Additional Notes

The southern blue monkshood is endangered or threatened in much of its native range. The Aconitum genus is part of the buttercup family and consists of about 100 species of perennials found throughout temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. Plants from this genus are poisonous and have been used in pharmaceutical research. They have yielded drugs used in the treatment of neuralgia and sciatica.

Aconitum uncinatum

Also known as:

blue monkshood

,

southern blue monkshood

,

monk's hood

,

monkshood

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, DC, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MO, NC, NH, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IN, MD, OH
  • Threatened: KY, PA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae Buttercup family
Genus Aconitum monkshood
Species Aconitum uncinatum blue monkshood

Aconitum uncinatum

Also known as:

blue monkshood

,

southern blue monkshood

,

monk's hood

,

monkshood