**GROWN ON OUR FARM HERE IN TENNESSEE**
"World's most Poisonous Plant"
Aconitum napellus (Monkshood, "aconite", "Wolf's Bane", Fuzi, "Monk's Blood", or "Monk's Hood")
Hardy to: All temperate zones.
One of the major “drugs of antiquity,” bright purple, with hood-shaped flowers protecting profusely productive nectaries.
***HIGHTLY TOXIC***Monk's hood is a very pretty herb with dark green leaves and the helmet-like flowers can be violet, blue color! Though this herb is native to France, Switzerland and Germany it is now cultivated in many rare gardens all over the world!
There are several myths associated with this herb. Greek legend has it that aconite emanated from the venomous saliva of Cerberus, the three headed dog that guarded the gate to the underworld!
It is also been called a love poison!
It was believed that women who were given aconite from birth could poison others through sexual contact!
But that the plant is toxic is no myth. Its toxicity can be attributed to the presence of poisonous alkaloids such as aconine, aconitine, napelline, picraconitine among others.
Brilliantly colored flowers with deep green/blue leaves!
Grow them in large groupings for a beautiful, eye-catching statement in your garden!
Monkshood contains several very poisonous compounds, including enough cardiac poison that it was used on spears and arrows for hunting and battle in ancient times!
A. napellus has a long history of use as a poison, with cases going back thousands of years!
During the ancient Roman period of European history the plant was often used to eliminate criminals and enemies, and by the end of the period it was banned and any one growing A. napellus would have been legally sentenced to death!
Aconites have been used more recently in murder plots; they contain the Chemical alkaloids aconitine, mesaconitine, hypaconitine and jesaconitine, which are highly toxic!
Aconite produced from the roots of a number of different species of Aconitum is used ethnomedically in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), to treat "coldness", general debility, and "Yang deficiency" Misuse of the medicinal ingredients contained in this plant can negatively affect the cardiovascular and central nervous systems, thus resulting in death!
Respect that they are very poisonness, so handle with gloves carefully!
Attracts Hummingbirds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Hardy in zones 3b-10;... elsewhere mulch heavily for winter.
Height 4 ft. to 6 ft.
ACONITUM NEPELLUS (Monkshood) Striking bright blue flower spikes.
Recognized as a poison since antiquity, especially to poison arrows.
Contains aconitine, a useful sedative for many conditions.
Not to be used without medical supervision.
Used to poison arrow tips in early times!
Also as protection from and a cure for werewolves!
"AKA" Wolf's Bane
Extremely Poisonous !