Aconitum 'Spark's Variety'
monk's hood 'Spark's Variety'
'Spark's Variety' is an upright herbaceous perennial to 1.5m in height, with deeply divided, glossy dark green leaves and branching spikes of hooded, deep violet-blue flowers
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Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Partial shade
North–facing or West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
- Columnar upright
- Potentially harmful
- All parts are highly toxic if eaten, all parts may be harmful through skin contact. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Aconitum can be herbaceous perennials or biennials with lobed leaves and racemes or panicles of showy, hooded flowers
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How to grow
Best grown in cool, moist, fertile in partial shade, but will tolerate most soils and full sun if soil is improved with well-rotted organic matter and mulched.
Propagate by division in autumn or late winter to maintain vigour but plants may be slow to re-establish. Use protective gloves when handling any part of the plant
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cut flowers
- Flower borders and beds
Cut down plants in autumn
Generally pest free
May suffer from powdery mildews
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