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Aconitum lycoctonum (Wolf's bane)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aconitum lycoctonum

Other names

Wolf's bane

Genus

Aconitum Aconitum

Species

A. lycoctonum - A. lycoctonum is a mid-sized perennial with dark-green, rounded palmate leaves. In mid to late summer, it bears racemes of yellow flowers.


Aconitum lycoctonum is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

All parts highly toxic if eaten. Contact with the skin may cause numbness.

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Aconitum lycoctonum (Wolf's bane) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Best grown in cool, moist, fertile soil in partial shade. Can also tolerate most soils and full sun (if soil is improved with well-rotted organic matter and mulched.)

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Aconitum lycoctonum

Other names

Wolf's bane

Genus

Aconitum Aconitum

Species

A. lycoctonum - A. lycoctonum is a mid-sized perennial with dark-green, rounded palmate leaves. In mid to late summer, it bears racemes of yellow flowers.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

All parts highly toxic if eaten. Contact with the skin may cause numbness.


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aconitum lycoctonum (Wolf's bane) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Best grown in cool, moist, fertile soil in partial shade. Can also tolerate most soils and full sun (if soil is improved with well-rotted organic matter and mulched.)

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 3

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