Aconitum napellus 36-40" tall. Also called Friar’s Cap.
Produces a mass of late-summer blooms with dense showy spikes of dark violet-blue helmet-shaped flowers held above elegant palmate foliage in late summer. Grand delphinium-style blooms rarely need staking. Forms large clumps in short order.
An excellent cutflower—cut when ⅓ to ½ the spike is in bloom. I love watching bumblebees disappear under the hood then clamber out covered in pollen.
The entire plant is poisonous; wear gloves and wash your hands after handling or cutting.
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.