Aconitum variegatum

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Aconitum variegatum L.

Ranunculaceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moist

Soil: loam - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: clay - Soil: sandy clay - Soil: loamy clay - Soil: peat

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: palmately lobed

Division: not specified

Shape: not specified
Fruit: follicle

68A / c5388b 

Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: stemless

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Ranunculopsida
Subclassis:
Ranunculidae
Superordo:
Ranunculanae
Ordo:
Ranunculales

Aconitum variegatum is a perennial.

Naming

Aconitum variegatum was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Aconitum variegatum is a species in the genus Aconitum which contains approximately 383 to 521 species and belongs to the family of the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family). The type species of the genus is Aconitum napellus.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a stemless growth and reach heights of to 100 centimetres.

Leaves

Aconitum variegatum is deciduous. The dark-green leaves are alternate. They are palmately lobed.

Flowers and Fruits

Aconitum variegatum produces racemes of violet flowers from July to August.

The perennials carry black follicles.

Root System

Distribution

Aconitum variegatum is native to to the mountain regions of the Caucasus and the whole of Europe, with the exception of the British Isles and North Europe.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be loamy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, clay, sandy clay, loamy clay or peaty soil with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • woods (soil usually rich in organic material)

Uses

The recommended planting distance is 50 to 60 centimetres.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • water during dry periods.
  • Cut back after flowering.

Propagate by sowing or by division.

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Aconitum variegatum is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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