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How to Grow Aconitum

Aconitum

Position – Sun or part shade

Soil – Fertile, moist well-drained soil

Flowering Period – Summer or Autumn

Hardiness –  Fully hardy

About Aconitum


Aconitum are alternatively known as monkshood, originating from central and western China and North America. They are renowned for their magnificent hooded blooms and can grow to a height of 90cm (36”) and a spread of 40cm (16”) set on tall, majestic spires. Their flowering season is from June through to September, providing you with an abundance of stunning summer colour. Aconitum look fantastic in borders within a cottage or informal garden setting. Take care when handling Aconitum as they are a highly toxic plant. Always wear protective gloves when planting or transferring. Take extra caution with open wounds and do not ingest!.

How to plant Aconitum


Aconitum flourish best in moist, fertile and well-drained soil of loam and clay within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. For improved health and development, plant your Aconitum with a generous layer of mulch to retain moisture levels. They are best positioned in a sheltered area of full sun where the soil has some protection from intense mid-summer heat. Alternatively, they will thrive in a position of part shade.

How to care for Aconitum


Aconitum may require staking if planted in an exposed site or during periods of adverse weather conditions. If grown in full sun, ensure your Aconitum is watered on a regular basis, as they do thrive best in cooler climates taking extra caution during periods of drought. Prune Aconitum in the autumn to ensure healthy regrowth for the following season.

How to propagate Aconitum


It is possible to propagate Aconitum by division or by seed during the late autumn. Please take care whilst handling this plant and ensure you are wearing appropriate gloves.

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