Aconitum (napellus?) (Monkshood)
Just so you know: I am not positive that this particular Aconitum is Aconitum napellus. I grow this Aconitum from the seeds of my own Aconitum (shown in the photos). I have grown this for 20 years or more, and it's the nicest one I've ever seen (tall, strong, long-lived, spreading, and beautiful), but I do not recall where I acquired it and if there was a tag, it is long gone. More than just a little splash of color for your late summer/fall perennial or woodland garden, Aconitum, or Monkshood, stands anywhere from three to six feet tall with beautiful dark green, deeply lobed leaves and violet/blue hooded flowers. Monkshood is perfect for the back of the border and also for naturalizing at the edge of a woodland garden. This native perennial wildflower does best with a little shade and cool, fertile soil. Most varieties of Aconitum are extremely poisonous so handle with care. That being said, I have had this in my garden for many years with no ill effects to my cats or dogs. Also, I routinely handle the leaves, roots, seeds, and blooms without gloves and have had no adverse reaction, but that's just me. Zones 4-8. Quarts.