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Aconitum uncinatum (Southern blue monkshood)
Cressler, Alan

Aconitum uncinatum

Aconitum uncinatum L.

Southern Blue Monkshood, Monkshood

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Stems erect, climbing or reclining, up to about 8 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Violet
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aconitum uncinatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aconitum uncinatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aconitum uncinatum


Record Modified: 2023-05-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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