Aconite, Monkshood (Aconitum napellus), packet of 30 seeds

(4 customer reviews)

$3.95

TOXIC (Do not ingest.)

Family:  Crowfoot (Ranunculaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

(Wolfsbane) Herbaceous perennial native to central Europe. An antique herb. bright purple, with hood-shaped flowers protecting profusely productive nectaries. Plant prefers part to full shade and evenly moist soils. I have mine growing within a few feet of Munger’s Creek, and the display is stunning in season. Sow the seeds in the fall for germination in the spring. Sow in outdoor conditions in the shade, in deep flats, well-screened against birds and mice.  In one of our trials, seed sown in August gave partial germination in October, with the remaining seeds germinating in May. We do recognize the requirement for fresh seed and therefore replace with the new harvest yearly.

30 Seeds/pkt. Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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  1. Question

    Erica Reyes

    Will these be available this season? Did I miss out on the potted plant and seeds for the year? I hope not! You’re the only source I’d buy from 🙂 you come highly recommended by Harold Roth, a favorite author.

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      Erica,
      I do think its worthwhile to hit “waitlist” on aconite plants, because we often reassess after the first wave of shipping and may have more to send out. Please feel free to check our website in January to get the best selection–that is when we enter our main inventory for spring sales.
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  2. 3 out of 3 people found this helpful
    julie_carlson

    Perfect

    julie_carlson (verified owner)

    The seeds arrived before I even expected them, I have them all planted in peat pots indoors so they have a good start before going outside. I am not expecting germination due to my own error. I used the wrong notes for prepping and planting them. So I’ll probably reorder these closer to fall. Again the seeds are perfect, the human (me) planting them goofed up.

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    • john Hayden

      Will I have any luck if I planted indoors in march. I’m in Kentucky

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello John,
      Thanks for your interest in Aconitum. They are known as frost germinators and usually indoor planting gives no results–if you’ve still got frosty outdoor conditions in KY you can plant outdoors. I did see that the shippers are sending out some very reputable potted plants of aconite right now so you may want to check into that option. Richo

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  3. Question

    Kristie Bramwell

    Is it too late to plant wolfsbane seeds in Portland, OR or should I wait to order fresh seeds this coming fall? If I order now and cold stratify for a couple of weeks do you think that would be ok?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      It is not too late to plant our fresh aconite seeds, it is plenty cold out!

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    • Christopher (verified owner)

      Would I be able to plant my seeds currently? I just ordered them and it isnt getting above 50 degrees farenheight where I live, if not would the seeds keep till next fall?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Please plant aconite seeds immediately–they are from the recent harvest and do not store well. Please follow directions on packet–these require a warm/cold/warm stratification schedule.

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    • Laurie

      Should I order/plant now for Western NY area, or wait til fall? Temps are about 50s daytime, 40’s nights still.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I plant these in the fall for germination in the spring

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    • RK

      What is the shelf life of the seeds? What happens after their shelf life is completed?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello RK,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Aconite seeds remain viable for about 2 years. Since they are frost germinators a lot of gardeners and seed-testers have trouble demonstrating their viability. I had an Indiana State Chemist test 2-year-old material and tell me that the seed was zero germ, then planted the same seed in outdoor conditions and ended up with a nice flat of Aconite plants. When crop allows, we replace our Aconite seed yearly with new crop material.
      Richo

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    • Colonel Ewen

      Hi Admin. I’d like to know if this plant is viable in zone 8 and when is a good time to plant.
      I live in SE Cochise county, AZ and just purchased Verbena hastata for indoor growing, so
      I’m also interested with the Wolfsbane as well.

      Kind Regards,

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Colenel Ewen,
      Thanks for getting in touch. If you click on the photo you will get the monograph: Hardy to Zones 3 to 9. These are known as “frost germinators” in that they require cool soils and outdoor treatment for germination. I planted a flat with both the monkshood and the chinese aconite on 8/24/2019 and the seeds were up within 60 days, with ongoing germination to date. You might still be able to make use of early spring temps if you plant right away.
      Richo

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    • Terry

      Do I need to handle the seeds with gloves?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Terry,
      You can wear gloves if you’re concerned about it–some people are quite sensitive to such things and prudence never hurts. My approach is to handle the seeds with my hands and wash my hands afterwards. Transdermal movement of aconite alkaloids does occur, but as far as I know you pretty much need to be working with fresh roots and wet hands for an extended period to experience any effects.
      Richo

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