Monkshood has flourished in British gardens for many hundreds of years, and will flourish in yours if the soil is rich in organic matter and there is some shade – an ideal plant for growing under trees at the back of the border. Theare deeply cut and the curiously helmeted are borne on tall spikes. It is sometimes recommended as a cut flower, but all parts of the plant are .
VARIETIES: The best species for the garden is A. napellus. The flower colour is usually blue or violet and its statistics are height 3.5 ft. Spacing 2 ft.
Flowering period: June-August. The most popular variety is ‘Bressingham Spire’ (violet) – others include ‘Bicolor’ (blue and white), ‘Newry Blue’ (deep blue) and the tall ‘Spark’s Variety’ (4.5 ft). For a rose-colouredonechoose A. napellus roseum and for maximum height you will have to grow A. wilsonii ‘Barker’s Variety’ which grows 5 ft or more and flowers until October.
SITE AND SOIL: Any moisture-holding garden soil will do -thrives best in partial shade.
PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.
A. ‘Spark’s Variety’