July 7, 2020

Autumn Surprise

Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ - Autumn monkshood

Mark Uchneat Photo| Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ – Autumn monkshood

Gardeners are always looking for ways to keep the garden going, especially when summer turns to fall. While asters are often the go-to choice for perennials, you might want to consider the dark horse candidate, or should we say the dark wolf? Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ is a true late bloomer, especially for the monkshood clan, because it doesn’t go into bloom until September and October. Topped with those purple hoodlike blossoms as photographed by Mark Uchneat, this wolfbane can hit heights of 70 inches when growing in optimal conditions, which include full sun and even moisture. Autumn monkshood is hardy to Zone 2, which means it is good to grow across Maine. As for the name of the variety, it is dedicated to the breeder. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden site, “‘Arendsii’ honors German nurseryman Georg Arends (1863-1952) who first bred this cultivar about 1945 at his nursery at Ronsdorf-Wuppertal near Cologne.”

Photographed by Mark Uchneat.