Garden flowers

Aconite: Jupiter's Helmet

Aconite is a flower native to the mountains that offers a beautiful blue and sometimes yellow bloom.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Aconitum napellus
Family : Ranunculaceae
Type : Perennial

: 80 to 120 cm
Exposure : Sun and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary, well drained

Flowering : May to October depending on varieties

The ears can reach over 1m high making them ideal for decorating the bottom of a bed.

Planting aconite

If we had to give you real advice, avoid planting aconite napel in your garden as it is very poisonous.

But if you still want to have it at home, with great care, here are our tips:

Preferably plant your aconites in September for good rooting before winter and good recovery the following spring.

If you plant in the spring, you must water well after planting.

  • Aconite likes all types of soil and even poor and dry soils
  • Do not hesitate to add fertilizer or compost to the plantation
  • They like partially sunny and lightly shaded situations
  • Avoid places that are too windy or put a tutor
  • Respect a distance of 40 cm between each plant.
  • Multiplication of aconites by division of the tuft in spring or fall.

Maintenance of aconites

Warning : Aconite is toxic to the touch and should be handled with gloves. Wash hands thoroughly in case of contact with skin and do not touch eyes and mouth.

Aconite likes to have slightly moist soil, especially when it is hot in summer.

  • Water in hot weather or prolonged drought.
  • The placement of a thick mulch at the base saves 1 in 2 waterings.

Cut the stems after flowering to stimulate the appearance of new flowers.

For the aconites, cut back as quickly as possible in the fall and possibly protect the foot in colder regions.

  • The tallest varieties of aconites are sensitive to the wind and should therefore be staked if necessary

To know about aconite

But if this plant is poisonous, it is also a pretty flower formed by long floral stems decorated with beautiful blue or yellow flowers for some species

Its flowering, melliferous, occurs from summer to autumn. Its height, often greater than 1 m, allows it to be planted at the bottom of a massif where it will give a very nice bushy effect.

Very pretty bouquet flowers, you can easily keep them for a long time and even integrate them into a bouquet of dried flowers.

Aconite is a large flower, ideal for decorating the backdrops of beds such as mixed-borders.

A little history :

The Latin name Aconitum designates a poisonous plant. Also known as the Wolf Slayer plant, it was used to poison wolves. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

The genus aconitum includes 400 species native to Asia, North America and France.

Aconite and toxicity

Aconite napellus is the most poisonous aconite species and arguably one of the most poisonous plants in the flora of temperate Europe.

Ingesting a single piece of the plant can lead to heart failure which can lead to death.

The root, often compared to a turnip, is the most poisonous part of the plant.

Finally, aconite has long been used by hunters as a poison at the end of their arrows and more recently to kill wolves and foxes.

Smart tip

Please note, it is important to handle Aconite Napel with care as it is extremely toxic.

Video: Aconite Poisoning (September 2021).