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Common Monkshood

This famous blue flower puts on beautiful spikes of bloom in late spring. Each flower is shaped like hood or cowl, giving rise to the common name. (Aconitum napellus)

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Details:

Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 36-42" tall, 12-18" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 1ACON3
Common Name Common Monkshood
Botanical Name Aconitum napellus
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Estimated Mature Height 36-42" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Cut Flowers, Borders
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Monkshood often reminds gardeners of delphiniums since the rich blue color is the same. But its much easier to grow. First of all, Monkshood is plenty tall, but shorter than the towering delphiniums that always need staking. This one stands on its own. And its not as brittle as a delphinium, so does a simpler job of adding tall blue flower spikes to your late spring garden. The roots are poisonous.
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

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Reviews

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Common Monkshood
 
2.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (0)

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    (6)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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          • Reviewer Profile:
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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Excellent service and plants

        I wanted a plant for the back of my shade garden. No young children around so decided to use this plant with its lovely blue flowers. Do have young grandchildren that visit so I...Read complete review

        I wanted a plant for the back of my shade garden. No young children around so decided to use this plant with its lovely blue flowers. Do have young grandchildren that visit so I do have to warn them about this plant, however, the leaves when not in bloom and the blooms themselves make it a plant well worth having.
        I did need replacement plants since last year's order failed to grow. When I asked for replacements, the service department was prompt and courteous in their reply. The replacement plants were excellent.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not as blue as the picture

        I purchase this because the pretty blue flowers showing in the picture. However, it turn out to be a very light blue, very disappointed. However, it grows well, so I will give...Read complete review

        I purchase this because the pretty blue flowers showing in the picture. However, it turn out to be a very light blue, very disappointed. However, it grows well, so I will give it a 3 star.

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        1.0

        disappointing results

        By Just Bob

        from Washington, Iowa

        Pros

        • All The Monkshood Died
        • None

        Cons

        • All The Monkshood Died

        Best Uses

          Comments about Common Monkshood:

          All the monkshood plants died well before reaching maturity, so unable to comment on their beauty, usefulness, etc.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          1.0

          sent too tiny, too early

          By Pat

          from Denver, Co

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                Comments about Common Monkshood:

                delivered too early, wasn't above 30 in Denver, Co until June. plant didn't survive. Too small and too much dirt and liquid.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                This is an underused, shade plant

                By Old cavalry scout

                from Central new York

                Verified Reviewer

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                      Comments about Common Monkshood:

                      This is a very tried and true shade plant that tolerates most depths of shade well. It gives an interesting splash of a true blue color.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      1.0

                      Didn't like my area

                      By Holly

                      from Gainesville, Fl.

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about Common Monkshood:

                      I don't know what was with this product. Not one of the three even BEGAN to grow, they just did nothing. I think maybe it was too hot here? I've never had much luck with Delphinium either (these remind me of those) and it always seems to be a heat thing. So maybe just not meant for Florida? But American Meadows gave me an immediate refund, no questions asked.

                       
                      1.0

                      Worried about Cat Eating Poisonous Plant

                      By Rach

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      Pros

                      • BEAUTIFUL

                      Cons

                      • Anxiety about cats eating

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Common Monkshood:

                        I wanted to continue to grow this plant but became anxious that my cat or the neighborhood cats would begin to nibble on it. It is a poisonous plant.

                         
                        1.0

                        Dead

                        By Tom

                        from Lakeville, MN

                        Comments about Common Monkshood:

                        Will use local garden center

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Not as blue as the picture

                        By green waist

                        from Katy, Tx

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Grow

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Common Monkshood:

                            I purchase this because the pretty blue flowers showing in the picture. However, it turn out to be a very light blue, very disappointed. However, it grows well, so I will give it a 3 star.

                             
                            5.0

                            Aconitum napellus

                            By Janet

                            from Hilliard, OH

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Long Bloom Time
                            • Low Maintenance
                            • Pest Resistant
                            • Vivid Colors

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Large Areas
                              • Raised Beds

                              Comments about Common Monkshood:

                              Plants are doing beautiful, we have had a very hot and dry summer. The plants have grown great and bloomed better than I expected for first year planting. I am ordering more for a new bed I'm planting.

                               
                              1.0

                              unfortunate disappointment

                              By Karen

                              from Keswick, VA

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Needs Extensive Watering
                                • Never grew

                                Best Uses

                                • Large Areas

                                Comments about Common Monkshood:

                                I love this plant and wanted it in my garden. Unfortunately, it never grew. I suspect that our very hot, dry VA summer was not the best time for planting. However, even with irrigation, none of them survived.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Excellent service and plants

                                By Pat

                                from Plymouth, Indiana

                                About Me Master Gardener

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Instructions
                                • Attractive
                                • Hardy
                                • Healthy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Garden
                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about Common Monkshood:

                                  I wanted a plant for the back of my shade garden. No young children around so decided to use this plant with its lovely blue flowers. Do have young grandchildren that visit so I do have to warn them about this plant, however, the leaves when not in bloom and the blooms themselves make it a plant well worth having.
                                  I did need replacement plants since last year's order failed to grow. When I asked for replacements, the service department was prompt and courteous in their reply. The replacement plants were excellent.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Beautiful blue flowers that really stand

                                  By Sandy, the hill gardener

                                  from Sullivan, WI

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                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive
                                  • Hardy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Garden

                                    Comments about Common Monkshood:

                                    Very pretty color. Blue reallys stands out. very hardy

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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