Monkshood

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A beautiful but deadly poisonous common plant that can poison by touch but this does not seem to cause fatal toxicity.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Monkshood, Old Wives Hood, Soldiers Helmet, Dogs Bane, Devils Hood
Scientific Name Aconitum napellus
Season Start Mar
Season End Oct
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

The dark green leaves are deeply palmately lobed, with five to seven angular segments with sharp lobes coming from these.

Flowers

Blue, purple, pink, white or yellow flowers with one of the petals enlarging and becoming a ‘hood’.

Seed Pods

Has erect finger like green seed pods.

Stem

A tall and erect stem with fine hairs, often reaching above two metres in height.

Habitat

Likes wet but well drained soil and can be found in gardens, woods and ditches.

Smell

Faint.

Frequency

Reasonably common.

Other Facts

It has been reported that the poison can affect humans just by contact, but this usually causes paraesthesia or headaches rather than severe toxicity.

Has been used in various places around the world as a poison for arrow tips for both hunting and warfare.

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