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Perennials: Put in more Monkshood?, 1 by rouge21

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Subject: Put in more Monkshood?

Forum: Perennials

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rouge21 wrote:
I have an established stand of some unnamed aconitum (maybe carmichaelli?) that reaches 6 feet in height in a quite shady location. Personally I think it gives the most beautiful blue blooms of any perennial I have ever seen, but not until mid October. I actually like that it happens late...something to look forward to.

Each year I consider including more of these plants in our garden but I never do. I think in part I am overly cautious due to its extreme toxicity. So I am musing over this again. Doing some searching I was pleasantly surprised by the number of varieties of aconitum. Clearly they are available in a few more colours and some of much lesser height (eg. ‘Bressingham Spire’ and very tiny 'Blue Lagoon').

I know they need some shade and or moisture and to complain I wish they would bloom from the bottom up but having said that the flowers are exquisite.

I would love to hear from DGers that have several aconitum in their 'repertoire'. Post away!

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