Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead


Aconitum spp.

About This Species

Zone 3a

Grow me instead of Foxglove

Monkshood is a herbaceous perennial with deep purple to blue bell-shaped flowers arranged on tall spikes, closely resembling larkspur (Delphium spp.). There are two species of monkshood native to BC – Aconitum columbianum and A. delphiniifolium. Both have slender stalks and dainty foliage requiring moist soil to thrive. Monkshood is very poisonous so beware if you have children or pets.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions