Aconitum columbianum
Monkshood
A Colorado Native Subalpine Species
Ranunculaceae or Buttercup Family
36 to 48 inches tall - dark purple-blue
Full sun to part shade
Constantly moist, humusy soil
Early Summer
Propagate by seed
Photos by Jane Hendrix

Monkshood's dark flowers are in two overlapping parts,
like the "hood of a monk". Very poisonous. Some people may develop a skin rash when handling the roots
so wear gloves and don't rub your eyes without washing them first!