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Ursula

"Ursula" (Aconitum carmichaelli aka Monkshood) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/10, 1/250s, -0.7EV, Built-in TTL Flash, -2.0EV

When we moved into our house, I had much to learn about the extensive perennial garden that came along with it (that’s putting it mildly). I was able to identify the usual plants (azaleas, rhodies, euonymus, hosta, etc.), but I was perplexed by some tall stalks of purple blossoms that emerged in October of that first year, and took a clipping to a local nursery hoping they could solve the mystery.

The man behind the counter immediately identified the flowers as Aconitum carmichaelii, aka Common Monskhood, if you will.

I was thrilled to learn what I had so I could then properly care for the unusual-looking plants and, over the years, that original clump has been divided many times over and the offsprings planted in several of our garden beds. When everything else is red, gold and brown, it is nice to see spots of deep purple color in the autumn landscape!

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