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I have a mass of these coming up - to my novice eye they look like delphiniums, but the leaves aren't quite the same as the ones I've seen in the nursery. I would LOVE it if they were as I have loads of them!











  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    Aconitum I think with those hooded flowers. That's why it's called monks hood

  • Ah, bum image I knew it would be too good to be true! Thanks nutcutlet - yet it does look like those.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,021

    Same family as Delphinium, so easy mistake to make.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,086

    Much nicer than delphiniums IMHO and not susceptible to slug damage.   Enjoy.

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  • thanks! Well, I've got a truckload of them so might as well enjoy them!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    They're lovely, enjoy them.image

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,128

    They are lovely, but if you are handling them eg moving or trimming, then it's probably better to wear gloves as the leaves are poisonous and some people are sensitive. You can get different varieties that flower earlier or later to extend the season, and other shades of blue.

  • Thanks all! I always wear gloves (bit of a wuss) but good to know image

    Lantana, it's an east facing wall, and I also have some coming up in a sunnier open bed (albeit with some dappled shade from a larch).
  • yep think so - I saw that link yesterday aym! Won't be rolling around in it anytime soon image

    What a scaremongering title though - I saw another article from the same paper where they say that it's incredibly rare to be seriously harmed by skin contact and they couldn't actually prove that was the reason he died. Telegraph gone Daily Mail image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    Never proved except by the press. They love a good scare story. Who said 'Never let the truth spoil a good story'?

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