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Aconitum "Fischeri"









Description:

The beautifully unique blooms of monkshood are a welcome sight in any garden; grows well in shady areas; prefers fertile, well-drained soils

Ornamental Features:

Azure Monkshood features bold spikes of indigo hooded flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's attractive deeply cut ferny leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Azure Monkshood is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This perennial will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Plant Characteristics:

Azure Monkshood will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 0 feet from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This perennial performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This plant can be propagated by division.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.




Height: 3 feet

Spread: 18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  

partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3a