Monk's-hood - Aconitum

Alternative names

The leaves are palmately divided or palmately lobed. The inflorescence is a terminal raceme of blue-purple flowers. The petals and sepals are similar in colour. The upper sepals form a hood over the flower.

Identification difficulty

On shaded banks and other shady places including woodland.

When to see it

In flower during May and June.

Life History

Perennial, tuberous herb.

UK Status

Widespread but infrequent in Britain. It is local in south west England and southern Wales and is usually found as a garden escape elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon outside of the garden environment in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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