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PlantFiles: Southern Blue Monkshood, Monk's Hood
Aconitum uncinatum

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Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aconitum (a-kon-EYE-tum) (Info)
Species: uncinatum (un-sin-AH-tum) (Info)

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Category:
Herbs
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Clint07 On Jul 3, 2014, Clint07 from Bethlehem, PA wrote:

In my Zone 6 garden, A. uncinatum has mostly prospered. When it gets taller than 3 feet or so it needs propping up. It has grown much taller than A. fischerii and A. napellus for me.

All three have lost about a third of the stalks during the growing season; the leaves just turn brown. But the surviving ones are very rewarding both for foliage and blooms.

Regional...

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

Bel Air, Maryland
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania



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