This intriguing Monkshood, from the damp, wooded hillsides of Korea, places its blossoms from left to right around the stem, the better to show off its splendid purple-blue “hoods” in mid- to late summer. Spring leaves have reddish tints and silvery veins, then form into a compact clump of glossy dark green foliage.
The genus Aconitum includes many stunningly beautiful varieties whose shapely late-summer flowers and handsome, deeply cut foliage can carry a border through the dog days until Chrysanthemums come into flower. Aconitums thrive on good soil and do as well in light shade as in sun. They need reliable moisture during droughty spells and will perish where water stands, but otherwise seem willing to prosper for many years with minimal attention. All parts are very poisonous and should not be planted near vegetables or where children play. For more information on growing and care, click on "Growing Guide."