Common Name: Monkshood
Cultivar: 'Stainless Steel'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Partial shade
Soil type: Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Time to divide plants: October to November
Monkshoods make a good show when you need vertical spires with blue flowers in summer and autumn. The heights range from 1m (like the blue and white A. x cammarum 'Bicolor') to just 60cm. This medium-high, extremely popular form has white-eyed blue flowers and very attractive blue-grey foliage. In open, exposed areas the taller kinds need to be tied to stakes to keep them upright after being battered by strong winds. The flowers have a large upper petal resembling a hood, hence the common name.
Looks good with:Aquilegia vulgaris 'White Bonnets'
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