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What is Aconite – Aconite Information


Aconite is a shrub-like tree with large gray-green leaves and purple-blue flowers that is commonly called “brush burn”. It is found in the south and western parts of British Columbia, Canada, and the northern part of the United States. Aconite is a member of the rose family, Brassicaceae, with six varieties: Atlas, Bois de Boeuf, Circocereia, Diogenes, Equisetum, and Hyoscyamus which have over three hundred species in the wild. Aconite is a deciduous tree.

What is Winter Aconite?

Aconite Flowers 1
Aconite Flowers 1

Winter aconite (izonsma species) is a small perennial that bears pale yellowish flowers on two-inch stems. Often called wolf’s bane, it usually blooms in late fall or early winter on the same day as the first daffodil in zones eight. Since it is a member of the sclerophyte family, it needs neither soil nor sunlight to survive. It grows widely throughout the country in both wet and dry weather. It can be found growing wild in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and California.

The most attractive feature of this beautiful plant, perhaps its most important quality, is its yellow flowers that bloom for only a few weeks during the winter. As the plant to flower and grow, they are covered with long hairs that protect them from the elements. These hairs also serve to discourage insects that would destroy them if they should attempt to pollinate the flowers. In the late summer when the flowers begin to bud out, new growth rushes to fill the void left by the dying flower and the long-hair shielding it. This new growth matures to form little tubers which bloom like crazy through the fall and early winter.

Aconite Flower Meaning and Uses

The flower is a very common and attractive flower that is taken as a garden plant as well as a wildflower. This species is native to Mexico but can also be found in many other countries. The poisonous plant that produces the flowers is called the Agapanthus or more commonly known as the Poison Ivy. The Aconite name comes from the Latin meaning poisonous or fatal.

Aconite Flowers 2
Aconite Flowers 2
Aconite Flowers 3
Aconite Flowers 3
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