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First cultivated in the mid-1500s, Aconitum derivatives were used as both a medicine and a poison, and an unwanted husband might have easily met his end while drinking his dear wife’s tonic. Simply Medieval! Leaves, stems and roots are poisonous, but the stately Aconitum still deserves a place in our gardens because of the unusual late season blooms it hoists in masses on stalwart stems.
An excellent cut flower, unique for its large, draped sepal, Aconitum loves moist, but not wet soils, cool summer nights, and protection from the heat of the day. Perfect
in the border or at woodland’s edge, their bold presence makes an engaging companion to Anemone, Helenium and late blooming Persicaria.
This commanding Chinese denizen has a lot to offer:
unyielding medium-sized stature that never needs staking,
gleaming verdant foliage and crystal clear late season
bloom. Garnishing stiff dark blue-violet spires, the
hood-shaped flowers surmount ramrod straight stems
wrapped in triclefted green leaves, each further carved
by stylish lobes and toothed edges. Aconitum fischeri�s dignified persona is ideal, either for a midborder position flanked withMuhlenbergia r. Undaunted.
Blooms August–early October.
Size: 2'–3' high x 12"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Aconitum fischeri (P-1349)
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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