Aconitum × cammarum ‘Bicolor’

monkshood

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Outstanding Qualities

Bicolor monkshood is a lovely addition to the late summer garden. The flowering stems are loosely branched giving an airy silhouette. Each branch tip is topped with a short spike of two-toned helmet-shaped flowers. The blooms are white with violet edges creating a soft and unusual coloring. The stems are clothed in delicately cut foliage that is a wonderful foil to the flowers. This is an easy to grow replacement for the high maintenance delphinium.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Seasonal Interest: mid to late summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: rabbits, deer

Culture Notes
This monkshood grows best in rich moist to well-drained to sandy soils. It prefers regular watering during dry weather. If you are growing in sandy soils provide frequent watering. Monkhood resent drying out. Avoid hot locations. Plant this perennial in full sun to light or open shade. Stems are stronger in full sun, but flowers will tend to fade faster. In light or open shade the flowering stems can lean, but the intense flower color will last longer.