Position – Sun or part shade
Soil – Fertile, moist well-drained soil
Flowering Period – Summer or Autumn
Hardiness – Fully hardy
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!.
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.
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.
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