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PlantFiles: Aconitum, Monkshood
Aconitum koreanum

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aconitum (a-kon-EYE-tum) (Info)
Species: koreanum (kor-ee-AH-num) (Info)

Synonym:Aconitum komarovii


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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral saya On Jul 21, 2006, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Korean Monk's Hood: A deciduous perennial that grows to 2.0 meters (6.6 feet) high by 0.5 meters (1.65 feet) wide and prefers many types of soil with a pH ranging from acid to alkaline and partial to full sun with moderate moisture. This plant has hermaphrodite flowers and is pollinated by bees. Habitat: E. Asia - Korea. Sparse shrub thickets, dry short grass meadows and on argillaceous and stony mountain slopes. This plant might do well located along a dappled edge or in a woodland garden.
The root is used in Korea to treat chills in the legs and arms and articular pain. The root contains a number of highly toxic alkaloids that can be carditoxic, causing hypotension and arrhythmia, unless they are first allowed to degrade, usually by drying the plant. The root has been shown to be analgesic, cardiac tonic, uterine stimulant.[Source PFAF].

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