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Aconitum uncinatum

Native Plants

Climbing Monkshood

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Summary

As the growing season comes to a close with the approach of autumn, there’s one more surprise awaiting the gardener. Climbing monkshood, with its deeply lobed leaves and brilliant blue-purple, hooded flowers bursts into flower in mid-September. Twining delicately through shrubs, this shade-loving twining perennial is a great addition to the late-season garden. Aconitum unciatum performs best where its roots are shaded from the mid-day sun and in slightly acidic to calcareous organic soils with even moisture. It makes an excellent companion for Polystichum acrostichoides, Chelone glabra, Ilex verticillata, Ilex glabra, and Scutellaria incana.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, late-summer, mid-fall
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    purple 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Other Common Names
    southern blue monkshood 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    green, tan