Herbs & Plants

Aconitum Delphinifolium

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Botanical Name :Aconitum delphinifolium
Family : Ranunculaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Ranunculales
Tribe: Delphinieae
Genus: Aconitum

Common Names: Aconite, Monkshood, Wolf’s bane, Leopard’s bane, Mousebane, Women’s bane, Devil’s helmet, Queen of all Poisons, or Blue rocket

Habitat: Aconitum delphinifolium   is native to  North-western N. America – British Columbia to Alaska and west to northern Asia.
It grows on the meadows, along creeks, thickets, woods, rocky slopes, and alpine tundra from sea level to altitudes of 1700 metres.


Aconitum delphinifoliumerennial  is a perennial  plant,  growing to 0.2m.
It is hardy to zone 0. It is in flower from June to August. The flowers are pollinated by Bees.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It requires moist soil.

Cultivation :-
Thrives in most soils and in the light shade of trees. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist soil in sun or semi-shade. Prefers a calcareous soil. Grows well in open woodlands. Members of this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits and deer. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby species, especially legumes. Closely related to A. napellus and part of that species according to some botanists.

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be stratified and sown in spring but will then be slow to germinate. 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 . 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 .

A short report received on 24 September 1985.  Available online 15 March 2001. from the Chemistry Department of The University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada,  Nine C19-diterpenoid alkaloids were isolated from Aconitum delphinifolium, one of which was the apparently previously unknown 14-O-acetylsachaconitine.

Medicinal Actions & Uses

The Salishan used Aconitum delphiniifolium for unspecified medicinal purposes.

Other Uses:-

The seed is used as a parasiticide.

Known Hazards :   The whole plant is highly toxic – simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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