Aconitum 'Cloudy'
Aconitum 'Cloudy'
Aconitum 'Cloudy'
Aconitum 'Cloudy'
Aconitum 'Cloudy'

Aconitum 'Cloudy'

"Monkshood"

Aconitum 'Cloudy'

3 bare roots — £5.25

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Description

Hold on to your hats because it’s a dramatic, stormy scene indeed when Aconitum 'Cloudy' erupts into a cumulus of mauve-blue and white blooms. This sensational monkshood has the familiar stems of Aconitum 'Arendsii', but with the modern twist of captivating bicolour—it’s a refreshing colourway to cool the tones of a hot summer border or to make itself at home among a planting scheme of mellow pastels. Bees and butterflies love the nectar rich flowers of Aconitum 'Cloudy', which is ideal if you’re inviting wildlife to your garden. 

Aconitum 'Cloudy' is hardy, easy to grow and beautiful, but it comes with a caution – wear gloves when handling as it can cause skin irritation, and be aware that all parts are toxic if eaten. Once established, this hardy perennial produces multiple tall stems above lush, ferny foliage in mid-summer. Reaching an impressive height of up to 1.2m in favourable conditions, it puts on a fantastic summer show which will return year after year. As the common name suggests, the flowers look a bit like monks’ hoods, although some prefer fairy hats! Aconitum carmichaelii 'Cloudy' hails from the scrublands of Europe and North America and will do best in moist well drained soil in a sunny position or in part shade. 

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Aconitum carmichaelii 'Cloudy'

  • Flower colour

    Blue, violet, white

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    1-1.2m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    10 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower Gardens
    Woodland gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Clay
    Loam
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    No
    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant
    Toxic if eaten

  • Squirrel resistant

    Yes

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

    • Soak the Aconitum 'Cloudy' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "Monkshood" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2024
    You can expect your order in February/March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in March/April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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