Sunday, October 30, 2011

Last Plant Standing

Monkshood - aconitum. Fall flowering perennial 3 ft. approx. Very poisonous!

The distinctive hood of the monks hood gives it its common name. This variety blooms last in the garden.  There are many varieties and some bloom in August.

Aconitum  - Monkshood
This fall flowering perennial is almost the last thing to bloom in your garden.  It is welcome to see the blue spires when all else is bronze and yellow. Be sure to plant them where you will see them from a window or you might miss their bloom if you retreat indoors when the weather changes. The only drawback is that it is virulently poisonous.  But most of us don’t munch on our plants so we are safe. When dividing wear gloves to protect yourself.