(Aconitum volubile)

Perennial Climber
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Aconitum volubile
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The dried root is anaesthetic[178]. It is also used in the same ways as A. napellus, which means that it is anodyne, diaphoretic and diuretic[4]. This is a very poisonous plant and should only be used with extreme caution and under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – dried and cooked[177]. This report should be treated with great distrust due to the poisonous nature of the genus[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The whole plant is highly toxic - simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people[1, 200].

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. This species is easier from seed than most members of the genus[90]. 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], climbing through dwarf shrubs[90]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist soil in sun or semi-shade[200]. Prefers a calcareous soil. There is some confusion over the naming of this species. A. volubilis comes from Altai in Mongolia, reports for A. volubile in Korea probably refer to A. neotortuosum[1]. Grows well in open woodlands[4]. A climbing plant, twining around supports[219]. Members of this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits and deer[233]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby species, especially legumes[54].
E. Asia – W. China, Korea, Mongolia.

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