Aconitum Autumnale - Hardy Perennial
Author: John Wood
Aconitum Autumnale Described.
Aconitum Autumnale - Autumn Monk's-hood; Nat. Ord. Ranunculaceæ.
Hardy, perennial, and herbaceous. This is one
of the finest subjects for autumn flowering. The whole plant, which stands nearly
3ft. high, is stately and distinct; the leaves are dark green, large,
deeply cut and veined, of good substance, and slightly drooping. The flowers
are a fine blue (a colour somewhat scarce in our gardens at that season), irregularly
arranged on very stout stems; in form they exactly resemble a monk's hood, and
the manner in which they are held from the stems further accords with that likeness.
These rich flowers are numerously produced; a three-year-old plant will have
as many as six stout stems all well furnished, rendering the specimen very conspicuous.
This is one form of the Monk's-hood long grown in English gardens, and is
called "old-fashioned." A. japonicum, according to some, is identical
with it, but whether that is so or not, there is but a slight difference, and
both, of course, are good.
I find it likes a rich deep soil. It is propagated by division of the roots
after the tops have turned yellow in autumn or winter.
It flowers from August until cut down by frosts.
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