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Bicolor Monkshood: Eye Catching Gorgeous Blue And White Flowers

Bicolor Monkshood: Eye Catching Gorgeous Blue And White Flowers

Bicolor Monkshood

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Aconitum × cammarum ‘Bicolor’, or more commonly called bicolor monkshood is an especially thoughtful addition to your late summer garden; it adds an eye catching gorgeous blue and white bicolor flower when there are few blue options available.

Bicolor monkshood has glossy, dark green, lobed leaves that are a wonderful backdrop to the flowers. In mid to late summer bicolor monkshood produces the most attractive loose panicles of violet-blue and white flowers. This is a compact, tuberous perennial that grows to a height of about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Bicolor monkshood tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground; it should be under-planted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

How To Make Your Bicolor Monkshood Thrive

Bicolor monkshood grows best in rich, moist, well drained, sandy soils; it really needs regular watering during dry weather. If you are growing this plant in sandy soils provide more frequent watering.  You will get very poor results if you allow the soil to dry out; avoid hot locations.  Plant this perennial in full sun to light, or open shade.  Stems are stronger in full sun, but flowers will tend to fade faster. In light or open shade the flowering stems can lean, but the intense flower color will last longer. Bicolor monkshood is easily divided every 3 to 4 years, in early spring. CAUTION: Bicolor monkshood is toxic if eaten, it is also harmful when in contact with your skin.

Ornamental Features

Bicolor Monkshood features bold spikes of white hooded flowers with indigo overtones rising above the foliage from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It’s attractive deeply cut ferny leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Propagation

Bicolor monkshood is easily divided every 3 to 4 years, the best time is in early spring.

Garden Uses

Bicolor Monkshood is recommended as a vertical accent in your border gardens or among your woodland plantings.  This monkshood also makes an ideal container planting or can be used quite effectively as a cut flower.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Plant Type: Upright perennial
  • Foliage Type: Deciduous
  • Plant Height: 3 to 4 feet
  • Plant Width: 2 to 3 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 9
  • Flower Color: Blue\white
  • Bloom Time: July to August
  • Foliage Color: Deep green
  • Light Exposure: Full sun to open shade
  • Water Requirements: Regular watering
  • Seasonal Interest: Mid to late summer flowers
  • Special Note: All parts highly toxic if eaten; also harmful via the skin
  • Soil Type: Normal, also tolerates sandy or clay soils
  • Time to Plant Seeds: March to May
  • Time to Divide Plants: September to February
  • Attracts: Bees, butterflies
  • Resistant: Rabbits, deer

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2 Comments

  1. Very pretty stuff! I’ve seen one of its relatives, Columbian Monkshood, in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.

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