Wolfbane (Aconitum lycoctonum vulparia)

Perennial
A. vulparia. Reichenb.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wolfbane
Aconitum lycoctonum vulparia
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is analgesic, anodyne, diaphoretic, diuretic, irritant, sedative[4, 7, 9, 165]. This is a very poisonous plant and should only be used with extreme caution and under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.

  • Edible Use

    Some reports suggest the root is edible if cooked[2, 105], but these should be treated with extreme caution due to the highly toxic nature of the plant[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The whole plant is highly toxic - simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people[1, 13, 65].

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. Grows well in open woodlands[1, 4]. 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]. An aggregate species which is divided by some botanists into many species.
Europe to Asia

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