azure monkshood

Aconitum fischeri or monkshood, a Ranunculaceae native to Korea and Siberia. Most often grown for its showy lavender-blue flowers, monkshood is a great choice for bringing late fall color interest to your garden. Aconitum fischeri blooms from September to November/December, producing flowers with a hood or helmet-like shape–hence, the plant’s common name.

Monkshood plants produce strong, upright stems that often do not require staking to present well during the sometimes wet and windy fall months of the garden. The deeply divided dark, almost glossy green leaves of A. fischeri are unique among fall garden foliage. Plants grow best in moisture-retaining, but well-drained soils.

Botanical Name
Aconitum fischeri
Common Name
azure monkshood
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 8
Light Requirement
Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest Fall
Height and Spread
2-3ft x 1.5-2.5ft (60-90cm x 45-75cm)
Flower Color Blue
Attracts Wildlife
Additional Information
Native to China and Vietnam. Poisonous to humans.
Location in Lurie Garden
Southwest Dark Plate