Azure Monkshood, Fischer's Monkshood
Aconitum fischeri

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aconitum (a-kon-EYE-tum) (Info)
Species: fischeri (FISH-er-ee) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Girdwood, Alaska

Goodfield, Illinois

Portage, Michigan

Columbus, Ohio

Dayton, Oregon

Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Santaquin, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 18, 2012, whitesam9 from Dayton, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

These flowers bloom for about the whole month of October for me. The plants stay small and grow slowly throughout the Summer, but they take off once Fall arrives. The blue flower spikes are beautiful in October. They look especially nice towering over my pink hardy Mums for contrast. I had to order my plants online - nurseries around here won't sell them because they are too poisonous!

Positive

On Mar 1, 2006, Veshengo from Faversham
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Does very well if grown in containers.

I have grown mine for 7 years and I have managed to get a variety of different heights simply by dividing the tubers and planting them in new containers. If you like the height of a certain one just keep dividing it.

Neutral

On Aug 31, 2001, Sis wrote:

Prefers climates with cool summer
nights and warm days with low hum-
idity.

Fertile,humus-rich,moist but well-
drained soil.

Dislikes disturbance once established.

Divide crowns in fall or early spring.
Replant strong,healthy divisions into
soil that has been enriched with organic
matter.

Crowns will rot if soil is wet and temps
are hot. Site properly to avoid problems.