Monkshood: The Mysterious Garden Perennial

Monkshood, a tall perennial, blooms in pastel shades of purple, white, and pink. Its flowers resemble little hooded monks, giving it its name.

The Allure of Monkshood

Monkshood has a dark history rooted in garden myth and folklore. Once used as a poison, it's now grown for its beautiful flowers.

A Rich History

All parts of the monkshood plant are toxic, making it resistant to pests. However, it's safe to touch with gloves and is not appealing to pets.

Toxicity Warning

Monkshood is easy to propagate and spreads easily by roots. It can be grown from store-bought transplants, bare root, seeds, or divisions.

Easy Propagation

Monkshood thrives in various light conditions and tolerates a variety of soil conditions. It requires moderate watering and prefers cool weather.

Planting and Growing

Monkshood is low-maintenance and makes a striking backdrop in gardens. It pairs well with hostas, spiderwort, coral bells, lily of the valley, and lungwort.

Maintenance and Design

Monkshood comes in unique varieties and colors. It looks great alongside other perennials, creating a lush and striking combination in your garden.

Varieties and Companions

Read More


Web Stories