ACONITUM~SPARK'S VARIETY~DARK BLUE FLOWERS MONKSHOOD SHADE PLANT DEER REPELLENT
1 ROOT * 3 ROOTS * OR 5 ROOTS
Botanical Name: Aconitum 'Spark's Variety'
- Common Name: Monkshood
- Bloomtime: July to August
- Flower: Showy
- Plant Height: 48-72 inches (4 to 6 feet)
- Foliage: Dark green
- Plant size: #1 Bare Root
- Requirements: Full Sun to partial shade. Consistently moist soil in rich, fertile soil for best results.
- Suggested use: Dappled shade, woodland garden
- Life-cycle: Perennial
- Multiply: Yes
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Soils must not be allowed to dry out, but need sufficient drainage to prevent wet conditions from developing. Best in full sun in cool summer climates. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Needs cool nights below 70 degrees F. to grow well, and, like the related delphiniums, will often struggle in hot summers. Cut back stems after flowering to encourage an additional late season bloom. Although plants may be propagated by division, they are often slow to establish and are probably best left undisturbed once planted.
‘Spark’s Variety’ is a monkshood cultivar that features hooded, dark violet blue flowers in dense terminal racemes (to 8” long) atop rigid, leafy stems typically growing 4’ to 6'(feet) tall. This is an erect, tuberous-rooted perennial with dark green leaves are deeply divided into 5-7 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.
Genus name is the Latin name from the Greek akoniton used for these poisonous herbs.
Specific epithet is in reference to the plant having tuberous roots.
The upper sepal of each flower develops into a large, helmet-like structure that somewhat resembles the hood worn by medieval monks, hence the common names of monkshood and helmet flower.
Tall growing plants are excellent background plant for shady, moist spots in the border or in a woodland, wild or native plant garden. Plant as a specimen or in groups along streams or water gardens.
Knowing your Hardy Zone
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