Aconitum napellus f. album

Aconitum napella f. album            Family: Rununculaceae
(ak-on-EYE-tum ne-PELL-us ef AL-bum)

Common name: aconite; monkshood; wolf’s bane; friar’s cap
Zone: 5 – 8
Height: 4 – 5 ft (1.2 – 1.5 m)
Spread: 2 ft (0.6 m)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: moist; fertile; well-draining
Water: regular

Aconitum napellus f. album - leafDescription: An herbaceous perennial with an upright growth habit. Large rounded, dark green leaves are deeply lobed. Panicles of hooded white flowers appear mid-summer through autumn. Flowers are composed of 5 petals with the upper one bulging upward to form a hood-like shape.


Special Notes: Native to Europe and temperate regions of Asia. May need staking in exposed position. Few pests or diseases. Used in ancient times until quite recently for deliberate poisoning. Propagation is by fresh seed; division in spring or autumn.


Caution: All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. Wear gloves when handling. Sap may cause skin irritation on some people. It can also be absorbed through the pores, if left on exposed skin. Thoroughly wash affected area if you come into contact with the sap. Also wash thoroughly should you be handling any part of this plant without protective gloves.