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Aconitum lamarckii


Also known as: Lamarck’s wolfsbane; Northern wolfsbane
Yellow wolfsbane; Yellow monkshood;
Aconitum lycoctonum

Plant folklore; Aconitum lycoctonum is applied to several aconites. The following relates to A.lycoctonum……used in some Greek cities to administer the death penalty. On the island of Ceos the elderley and infirm were expected to drink it and benefit their families.
Used to poison arrow tips for wolf hunters.

Factual info: Beneficial in small doses, poisonous in larger amounts. Named for Jean-Baptiste Lamark (1744-1829). Responsible for Lamarckism; the mistaken theory of inheritane of acquired characteristics.

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This is really nice,I enjoyed the "gruesome" history as well.I see where the Monkshood name comes from.I enjoy history of anything

20 Nov, 2009


Amblealice, are you copying all the info for these different flowers from another website? If so it might be quicker and easier to put a link to.

20 Nov, 2009


No Moongrower I'm not. The info is from notes I had when I was a tour guide. They don't take long to type. Thanks.

20 Nov, 2009


Wow where were you a tour guide Alice?

20 Nov, 2009


Very interesting blog Alice :))) I look forward to reading more!

PS. I have Aconitum in my garden, and class it as the most poisonous of all my plants. I treat it with a great deal of respect.

20 Nov, 2009 the Alnwick Garden.......
Glad you like the blog Di......and pleased to hear you have Aconitum in your garden....despite its provenance :))))) is a lovely plant...

20 Nov, 2009


This one is pretty did nt realise there was a yellow flowering kind too.

21 Nov, 2009

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