Alaskan Monkshood

Aconitum delphiniifolium

Monkshood grows in woodlands, meadows and mid-alpine areas. It is a tall (2-4') slender plant with leaves having 5 deeply divided, lobes. The dark blue-purple flowers are scattered on a long stem and are shaped like a helmet giving the impression of a hooded monk. All parts of this plant are highly poisonous.

The genus Aconitum is ancient Latin name for a "poisonous plant", from the Greek akoniton, which can also mean "wolfsbane". Or it perhaps derives from akon "a dart", because arrows were once dipped into monkshood juice.

Aconitum delphiniifolium Alaskan Monkshood IMG 7503


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