(Aconitum septentrionale)

Perennial
A. lycoctonum lycoctonum
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Aconitum septentrionale
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – boiled[177]. This report should be treated with great caution due to the toxic nature of the genus[K].

    Young leaves – used as a potherb[178]. It is not poisonous according to one report[178] but this must be treated with extreme caution[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The whole plant is highly toxic - simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people[1].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[111]. The seed can be stratified and sown in spring but will then be slow to germinate[133]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division – best done in spring but it can also be done in autumn[1, 111]. Another report says that division is best carried out in the autumn or late winter because the plants come into growth very early in the year[233].
Thrives in most soils and in the light shade of trees[1]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist soil in sun or semi-shade[200]. Prefers a calcareous soil. Plants are hardy to about -25¡c[187]. Grows well in open woodlands[1, 4]. Members of this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits and deer[233]. This species is no more than part of A. lycoctonum according to some botanists[200]. We are keeping it separate because of the report that, unlike most members of the genus, this species is not poisonous[178]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby species, especially legumes[54].
N. Europe.

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