Aconitum x cammarum 'Bicolor'

Purple Wolf's Bane



180 cm

Flower colour

bicolored, white and purple

Flowering time


Foliage colour

dark green


sun - partial shade


fertile, moist, humus rich, well drained


acid - neutral - alkaline



Plant range

garden variety

The genus Aconitum belongs to the family Ranunculaceae  and as with many other genera of that family Aconitums are poisonous. In fact most are so poisonous that one English common name is  "wolf's bane" and they were a popular way for  royalty of centuries past to get rid of their competition. Aconitums are hardy and can tolerate some shade, but too much shade can decrease flowering.  They prefer fertile, moist, yet well drained soil as most species are native to mountain meadows in the Northern hemisphere.


Division in spring.

A tall garden variety with bicoloured flowers, white and purple, that might need support. This is an old variety that has been in cultivation in Icelandic gardens for decades and has proved hardy and easy to grow. Tolerates most soil types, but ideal conditions are fertile, humus-rich, well drained soil that doesn't dry out. Highly toxic plant!

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