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Aconitum spp.

Also known as

Wolfsbane, Aconite

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Monkshood Overview

A genus of over 250 herbaceous perennial plants commonly known as wolfsbane or monkshood. Growing in mountainous regions, this genus is fully hardy and would suit a rock garden or border planting. They bear pretty hooded purple flowers in summer on upright stems, but all parts are highly toxic and handling the foliage may irritate skin.

Common problems with Monkshood

How to propagate Monkshood


Propagation is by division in the autumn, every 2-3 years.


Seed in the autumn.

Other uses of Monkshood

Rock gardens and borders.

Poisonous to Pets

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