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We moved to our new home ten months ago and so this is the first season for us with our new garden. it is a Victorian former railway house in Lincolnshire. This flower has just come up on a verge and I have no idea what it is. The leaves resemble a delphinium and the colour is a beautiful violet blue. It is about 1 metre tall. However, the flowers have a hooded appearance at the top the like of which I have never seen! The buds look like beans. Anybody out there who can throw some light on this for me please! image


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,577

    Aconitum. Poisonous, but so are many things ( rhubarb leaves for example )

    I've grown it for years including when my kids were young. Don't believe the Daily ( Hate ) Mail. It won't sneak up and kill you in your bed at night.

  • Monkshood, Aconitum napellus.

  • It's an aconitum, sometimes known as Wolf's bane or Monkshood.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks guys - this old house gets better by the day!

    Not worried about the poisonous bit, just glad to see such a lovely plant. Will definitely keep it.

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