Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’
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This monkshood is a robust perennial with unusually colored steel blue helmet shaped flowers. The mid-summer blooms are borne on strong upright stems that are covered with delicate lacey green foliage. Use this as an eye catching alternative to the pest prone delphinium.
Plant Type: upright perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones to
Flower Color: blue
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering
Seasonal Interest: ‘Stainless Steel’ will be in full bloom in midsummer
Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies
Resistant to: rabbits, deer
- Culture Notes
- This monkshood grows best in rich moist to well-drained soils and sandy soils. It prefers regular watering during dry weather. If grown in sandy soils provide frequent watering as monkshood resents 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.
- Geek Notes
- The drug 'aconite' is made from the roots of Aconitum. All parts these plants are poisonous.