Aconitum napellus L.


Stems leafy and with tuberous roots. Leaves cut more or less to the base into 5-7 leaflets, often slightly hairy above and below. Flowers in dense clusters occasionally with short side branches, blue to purple, helmet wider than high, spurs straight; summer. Fruit follicles usually 3.

The common name Wolfsbane refers to its one-time use as a wolf poison.


The leaves and roots are the source of alkaloids used in pharmacy.

Leaves deeply cut; flower helmet broad.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ranunculaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Ranunculanae
order      Ranunculales
family       Ranunculaceae
genus        Aconitum L.