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A slender, erect, poisonous perennial herb (Aconitum napellus) native to northern Europe, having violet flowers and whose dried leaves and roots yield aconite.

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Northern Monkshood
Aconitum noveboracense A. Gray. Northern Monkshood.
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Northern Monkshood Aconitum noveboracense
Northern Monkshood. Aconitum noveboracense. What is.
White monkshood (Aconitum reclinatum)
Aug 13, 2007 White monkshood (Aconitum reclinatum), a member of the buttercup family, is a per ennial herb with a delicate stem.
Conservation Assessment for Blue Monkshood (Aconitum uncinatum L
Conservation Assessment for. Blue Monkshood (Aconitum uncinatum L.) Photo by Steve Olson.

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Monkshood, a Poisonous Plant Identified Near Abbot Hall Park
The purple flowered poisonous plant Monkshood was planted just near the children's park, which was a serious threat to the lives of the people who visited the park.
Lessons from a cutting garden
Monkshood shatters. But professional arranger Pauline Runkle, who has done flowers for the Boston Pops and the Dalai Lama, knows what works. She uses her personal garden for cutting and also for teaching floral design classes.
Turning the garden into kid-friendlier space
Since having pets and a new grandchild, the monkshood and foxglove have been removed, but there's still lily of the valley to stay clear of. To a nine-month-old, everything is a sensory adventure, especially of touch and taste.
Inspect Your Gardens as Summer Winds Down
“Some fall flowering perennials would be black-eyed Susans, Japanese anemones, turtlehead, asters, dahlias, snakeroot, monkshood, sedum and buddelia – butterfly bush.” In Bloomfield Hills, gardener Brandy Silverstein is all about fall color.
Photo courtesy of Bob Armstrong
The route up Gold Ridge provided a good floral show at the higher elevations, including gentians, monkshood and some still-flowering geraniums.

Suggested Web Resources

Aconitum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The garden plant, Aconitum Napellus commonly named 'Monkshood' is one of the most toxic plants known to man.
Monkshood - Plant Encyclopedia -
Apr 27, 2011 Find information on planting and growing Monkshoods and see pictures from the Plant Encyclopedia at Better Homes and Gardens.
Aconitum or Monkshood - monkshood
How to grow monkshood or aconitum and yes, all parts are poisonous from garden author Doug Green.
Monkshood Seeds for the Witch's Garden from Alchemy Works
One of the baneful herbs, monkshood was a component in flying ointments of the Middle Ages and is used to consecrate magickal blades.

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