Monkshood (Aconitum uncinatum)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Southern Blue Monkshood
Give a thumbs up Monkshood
Give a thumbs up Monk's Hood
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: The whole plant is highly toxic - simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Bees
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 9, 2019 6:18 PM

This is called the Blue or Southern Blue Monkshood, but the Mount Cuba Center in northern Delaware calls it the Climbing Monkshood. However, it really has its slender and flexible stems leaning on other plants rather than really climbing. Its native range is from Missouri to Pennsylvania to Georgia & Alabama to Tennessee, growing in low woods, damp slopes, and along banks of streams. The Chicago Botanic Garden just north of Chicago, Illinois, has some planted on their grounds. It is sold by some large, diverse conventional nurseries and native plant nurseries. It is endangered or threatened in its native habitat.

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