General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: All parts of the plant are toxic, avoid skin contact
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Mountain Monkshood
  • Larkspurleaf Monkshood
  • Northern Monkshood
  • Larkspur-Leaf Monkshood

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Date: c. 1934
photo by Josephine Henry from 'The National Horticultural Magazin
Location: Alaska
Date: 2010-08-18
Photo courtesy of:Zaereth
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jan 21, 2019 11:50 AM concerning plant:
    Native in the Pacific NW, found in meadows, along creeks, edges of woods, rocky slopes. All parts of the plant are toxic, and may cause skin irritation to some folks. It is listed as medicinal, but care should be taken due to its toxicity. The tubers contain aconitin, which causes paralysis of the nerves, lowers body temperature, and blood pressure. This plant is also toxic to livestock.

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