Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Southern Blue Monkshood (Aconitum uncinatum)
    Buttercup Family
    This striking wildflower functions like a semi-vine. Skinny stems with dark green, palmate leaves grow about 2' tall before looking for other plants to weave its way through. It's not smothering at all and adds beautiful texture and color to woodland gardens. The rich blue flowers start blooming in August and casually keep blooming for several weeks. Try planting with ferns, Goatsbeard, Zigzag Goldenrod, or next to a downed tree so it can sprawl along it. All parts of this plant are extremely poisonous.
    Blooms: Blue-Purple, 3-4 weeks, Aug-Oct
    Leaves: Deeply lobed, up to 6”
    Height: 3-5
    Space: 18-24"
    Soil: Average-moist, tolerates most soils
    Exposure:  Part shade
    Fauna: Butterflies, moths, long tongue bees
    Seeds:  Small green capsules contain brown, flat-ish seeds

    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 4-9
    Native Status: NC native, uncommon in the Piedmont & Mountains, rare in the Sandhills
    Provenance: WV, seed grown