Flowers resemble the hoods worn by medieval monks
This tall, carefree perennial adds Old World charm and showy, late-season colour to back borders and cottage gardens. Named after its unusually shaped flowers, Monkshood offers palmate, leathery foliage that stays lustrous and dark green throughout the growing season. In late summer to mid fall, its brilliant, dark blue, hooded flowers rise up in pyramidal forms, inviting butterflies to visit. Cutting back the stems after flowering will encourage more blooms. This long-lived and trouble-free shade perennial grows up to 120 cm tall and seldom requires staking. It's a showy addition to perennial flowerbeds and naturalized areas.