Photo: © Jelitto
Aconitum napellus 'Newry blue'
'Newry Blue' was bred in County Down by the legendary Tom Smith at Daisy Hill Nursery in 1900. It is still considered one of the finest Aconites for the garden with tall imposing flower spikes of the deepest and most radiant blue.
These remarkably shaped flowers really do resemble monk's cowls and are pollinated exclusively by bumblebees.
Aconites are greedy plants so add well rotted manure to the planting hole and water well to establish. They grow best in semi - shade or woodland settings but will tolerate sun if there is adequate moisture and a fertile soil. The leaves and roots contain a strong alkaloid poison so use common sense when siting and always handle with care. May require staking.
Partial shade, sun