Aconitum napellus

Blue monkshood

Rounded mounds of deeply divided leaves grow rapidly into impressive towers of foliage. Flowers resemble a monk's cowl and appear in summer. Monkshood prefers well-drained, rich soil and plenty of moisture. May need staking. All parts are poisonous.

Height:100 - 150 cm (3 - 5 feet)
Spread:45 - 60 cm (18 - 24 in)
  • Full sun
  • Part shade
Colour:Indigo blue to purple
Bloom Time:
  • Summer
Plant Type:Perennial
Soil Moisture:
  • Average
  • Moist
Plant Uses:
  • Border
  • Cut Flower
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit resistant
  • Woodland
Photo Credit:Ann Van de Reep

Monkshood is susceptible to damage by the delphinium leaf tier. Control by pinching off the affected foliage as soon as it appears.

View Photo Card