Aconitum uncinatum L.
Southern blue monkshood, Monkshood
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: ACUN
Several hooded, violet-blue flowers in loose clusters atop a weak stem.
A drug made from this plant has been used to treat neuralgia and sciatica. A white-flowered southern Appalachian species, Trailing Wolfsbane (A. reclinatum), has a trailing or sometimes erect stem. New York Monkshood (A. noveboracense), a very similar, violet-blue-flowered species, occurs from New York west to Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AL , DC , GA , IL , IN , KY , MD , NC , NH , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV
Native Distribution: Missouri northeast to Pennsylvania, south to Georgia, west to Alabama, and north to Tennessee.
Native Habitat: Low woods and damp slopes.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Enchanter's Garden - Hinton, WV
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Bibliography* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Aconitum uncinatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aconitum uncinatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-06
Research By: TWC Staff