Monks hood

Aconitum 'Pink Sensation'

Monks hood - Aconitum  'Pink Sensation'

Common Name: Monks hood
Genus: Aconitum
Cultivar: 'Pink Sensation'

The term Aconitum is derived from the Greek for ‘dart’, a reference to how arrows were once dipped in the sap of Monkshood Aconites to improve the arrow’s potential to kill it’s target.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.40 m (140 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A fairly recent introduction by the renowned plants man and designer Piet Oudolf it has been hailed as a colour breakthrough for monkshoods. Its upright spires are densely packed with pale to silvery pink hooded flowers that have a dark throat. It tends to flower a little later than most other monkshoods and if you want loads of flowers then make sure it is planted in full sun. Try mixing it in with grasses for a wilder look or plant it in a mixed border to add a bit of vertical interest.

Garden Care: Prepare an extra deep planting hole at least 45cm (18in) deep adding well-rotted organic matter to prevent the soil from drying out in summer. Always wear gloves when working with monkshood since all parts of the plant are poisonous and a potential skin irritant.

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