Scientific Name:   Aconitum columbianum

Common Name:   Western monkshood, wolfbane

Type:   Native (also cultivated)

Toxicity:   Poisonous

Berries/Fruits:   Shiny black triangular seeds

Flowers:   Numerous helmet or hood-shaped blue- purple flowers arranged on tall spikes; blooms July to August.

Description:   Grows 2-4 feet tall in damp shady places in upper elevation mountain areas. Has fleshy roots and stout stems. Leaves are dark green and deeply divided with multiple segments; leaves become smaller towards the top of the plant. Poisonous parts: all parts, especially roots and leaves.