Aconitum carmichaelii Debeaux

Azure Monkshood, Japanese Aconite

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aconitum

Category: Perennial

Zones: 3 to 7

Size: To 3' tall and 2.5' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Attractive, glossy, green, leathery lobed (3 to 5) foliage and flowers shaped like a monkshood. Dense panicles of flowers, deep purple inside and pale blue outside. Deer tolerant and rabbit resistant (Oudolf). Moist well-drained soil. Afternoon shade in warmer zones. All parts are poisonous.


Oudolf lists var. wilsonii - one of first perennials to appear but flowers late in September to October, purple blue flowers, never flops


Published in Actes Soc. Linn. Bordeaux 33: 87 in 1879.

Native to China.


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