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A picture of a Aconite


Aconitum spp.

Also known as

Monkshood, Wolfsbane, Wolf's Bane, Leopard's Bane, Mousebane, Women's Bane, Devil's Helmet, Queen of Poisons, Blue Rocket

Aconitum variegatum paniculatum (9896463143) by peganum (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A purple flower on a Aconitum plant
Flowering Aconitum plants
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Aconite Overview

Aconitum is a genus of over 250 herbaceous perennial plants known by many common names such as Aconite, Wolfsbane or Monkshood. Growing in mountainous regions, this genus is fully hardy and would suit a rock garden or border planting. They bear pretty, hooded, most often purple flowers in summer on upright stems, but all parts are highly toxic and handling the foliage may irritate skin.

Common problems with Aconite

How to propagate Aconite


Propagation is by division in the autumn, every 2-3 years.


Seed in the autumn.

Other uses of Aconite

Rock gardens and borders.

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