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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Dec 4, 2017 6:26 AM CST

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We've had a proposal indicating this is a variety of Aconitum other than 'Spark's Variety'.
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plantladylin
Dec 4, 2017 4:58 PM CST
I agree, 'Spark's Variety' appears to have very dark blue flowers while the color of the blooms on the plant in question seem much lighter. Maybe the image could be moved over to the general entry for Monkshood (Aconitum)
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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Dec 5, 2017 11:08 AM CST
You can move it if you want. I received it as Spark's Variety and figured mine was a bit lighter perhaps because of my alkaline soil. I don't really know, other than it's a different cultivar than my other monkshood for sure.
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Dec 5, 2017 8:13 PM CST

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Thanks Lauri. The question of soil acidity/alkalinity raises an interesting question since we know it can affect flower color in some plants. I don't have any idea what affect it would have on monkshood. There are certain blue and purple flowers that I've taken a dozen photographs of but they always end up looking lighter than in real life.
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