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aconite

aconite (ăkˈənīt), monkshood, or wolfsbane, any of several species of the genus Aconitum of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercup family), hardy perennial plants of the north temperate zone, growing wild or cultivated for ornamental or medicinal purposes. They contain violent poisons that were recognized from early times and were mentioned by Shakespeare (2 King Henry IV, iv:4); more recently they have been used medicinally in a liniment, tincture, and drug, and in India on spears and arrows for hunting. The drug aconite, the active principle of which is the alkaloid aconitine, is used as a sedative, e.g., for neuralgia and rheumatism, and is obtained from A. napellus. Aconites are erect or trailing, with deeply cut leaves and, in late summer and fall, hooded showy flowers of blue, yellow, purple, or white. The name wolfsbane derives from an old superstition that the plant repelled werewolves. Winter aconite is a name for plants of the genus Eranthis, wild or garden perennials of the same family. Aconites are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Ranunculales, family Ranunculaceae.
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monkshood

[′məŋks‚hu̇d]
(botany)
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monkshood

any of several poisonous N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, esp A. napellus, that have hooded blue-purple flowers
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The look implies Brigitte's impending lycanthropy and suggests that, with her transformation, the sisters will at last be "together forever." The scene also reminds us that Brigitte has adamantly refused Sam's offer of heterosexual rescue: that they leave town and secure enough monkshood for her to live a manageable life.
Bunches of flowers can include toxic species such as monkshood (Aconitum), Delphinium, and painter's palette (Anthuhum).
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Ondra also likes Sedum spectabile, Monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) and Goldenrod 'Fireworks' (Solidago rugosa) because they start in late summer and keep going into autumn.
Other country garden style purples include stock, phlox, gladioli, monkshood and oldfashioned roses, such as amnesia or pacific blue.
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The buttercup family includes delphinium, monkshood, anemone and columbine.
Socrates was put to death with juice from the hemlock plant, and the Roman emperor Nero ruled after his father, Claudius, was assassinated with poison mushrooms and monkshood juice.
As summer wanes you can still find the starbursts of asters, shrouds of monkshood, and if you are not too distracted by the fall foliage, yellow flowers of witch-hazel that bloom into early winter.
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Try planting the Morden rose 'Prairie Joy' with Aconitum napellus (Monkshood).