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Aconitum 'Stainless Steel' (monkshood)

Aconitum 'stainless Steel' (Monkshood)


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Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: moist, fertile
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: June to August
Hardiness: fully hardy
This is a medium-sized monkshood, with erect spikes of hooded, intense pale blue flowers from early to late summer and deeply divided, grey-green leaves. This beautiful metallic blue monkshood was introduced several years ago to great acclaim. Although it will take some sun, its perfect planted in groups at back of a border in partial shade, to light up a dark corner, and its a low maintenance and long-flowering alternative to delphiniums
Garden care: Prepare an extra deep planting hole at least 45cm (18in) deep, adding well-rotted organic matter to prevent the soil from drying out in summer. deadhead to the next row of buds to prolong flowering. Always wear gloves when working with monkshood, since all parts of the plant are poisonous and a potential skin irritant.

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