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Western Monkshood

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Western Monkshood/Wolfbane (Aconitum Columbianum)

Native and Cultivated

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.




Shiny, black, triangular seeds


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

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