Monkshood or Wolfsbane
Botanical Name :
This species of monkshood is an
erect, tuberous-rooted perennial which features dense, terminal
racemes (to 8" long) of hooded, deep purplish-blue to violet
flowers atop rigid, leafy stems typically growing 2-4' tall.
Commonly found in moist pastures and moist mountainous areas of
Europe and Asia. Dark green leaves are deeply divided into 5-7
toothed lobes. The sepals and petals of the flowers are similarly
colored, with the upper sepal developing into a large, helmet-like
structure that somewhat resembles the hood worn by medieval monks,
hence the common names of monkshood and helmet flower. Also
sometimes commonly called wolfsbane because this plant was once
used as an arrow poison and in a poison bait for killing wolves.
All parts of the plant (especially the roots and seeds) are
extremely poisonous. The drug aconite is made from the leaves and
roots of this species and was once prescribed as a cardiac and
respiratory sedative. WEAR GLOVES WHEN WORKING WITH THIS PLANT.
Avoid skin or oral contact with plant juices, and be particularly
careful to cover up any open cuts or skin abrasions prior to
entering garden areas.
Matures 2-4' tall x 12-18" wide. Hardy to Zone 3.
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