E.J.Wilkins

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Aconitum


This beautiful plant can be toxic if eaten and may also be harmful if absorbed via skin. (source) Its roots have, in the past, been confused with those of Horseradish and used in the kitchen with fatal results.

It wasn't until I saw this particular plant that I realised how it had got its common name here in England - "Monk's Hood", sometimes written as one word. It's amazing how the top petal folds down over the others.

The plant is also known as wolfsbane, leopard's bane, women's bane, Devil's helmet or blue rocket.

According to Wikipedia it is used "Therapeutically" in some countries, in tiny doses, and can be used to carry medicines through the skin barrier, also in tiny doses. I wouldn't like to try it though.
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Monkshood


Aconitum


This beautiful plant can be toxic if eaten and may also be harmful if absorbed via skin. (source) Its roots have, in the past, been confused with those of Horseradish and used in the kitchen with fatal results.

It wasn't until I saw this particular plant that I realised how it had got its common name here in England - "Monk's Hood", sometimes written as one word. It's amazing how the top petal folds down over the others.

The plant is also known as wolfsbane, leopard's bane, women's bane, Devil's helmet or blue rocket.

According to Wikipedia it is used "Therapeutically" in some countries, in tiny doses, and can be used to carry medicines through the skin barrier, also in tiny doses. I wouldn't like to try it though.
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comments (22)

  • Martie
  • United States
  • 5 Nov 2008, 00:44
Beautiful, even if deadly! I love the lighting in this one!
Love the colour...pretty but deadly!
You were perhaps down by the stream when you took this Ellie. That blue!
EJWilkins: Nope, not near a stream, it was actually in the garden at St Cross. The blue is a delight, I'm thrilled with the way it's come out.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Nov 2008, 09:10
You wouldn't think this shade of blue would be possible to find in nature - it looks unreal.
Ingrid
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Nov 2008, 09:36
Just reading Van Gogh's letters and thought this was going to be an iris - justs shows how wrong one can be ;o)

Wonderful blue with the green!
EJWilkins: Err, you're not meant to read other people's letters Mike!
That is an amazing colour, Ellie. Nature can be incredible.
What a beautiful and unusual colour. I like the side lighting!
EJWilkins: Lighting courtesy of the sun wink
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Nov 2008, 10:39
Pure delight Elliesmile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 5 Nov 2008, 10:50
Mmmm so if I said I'd thought it was horseradish!!!!!!!
Wonderful colour and lighting.
EJWilkins: Ah! Nope, wouldn't work! Horseradish plants look completely different but apparently the roots are quite similar in appearance. Clearly not a good thing to grow the two plants close to each other and try to remember which is which once the foliage has died down!
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 5 Nov 2008, 11:04
Stunning colour Ellie,really brightens up a dull overcast day in not so sunny Southsea, thanks for posting this beautiful shot.
EJWilkins: I was really pleased with the way the colour came out, some sensors have problems with shades of blue. This is fairly accurate.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Nov 2008, 11:23
Beautiful!
Looks like spiders are ok in its company.
EJWilkins: Yes, the poison obviously doesn't affect insects.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 5 Nov 2008, 11:24
Great looking plant with nasty habits.very interesting "NAMES"
Beautiful but deadly. It has a lot in common with deadly nightshade. Nice picture.
EJWilkins: Oh yes, those nightshade berries looks so tasty!
Don't think I have ever seen one of these before Ellie, nice picture and interesting information.
EJWilkins: Next year you're sure to see them just about everywhere, it works like that doesn't it?
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 5 Nov 2008, 13:22
Beautifl colours, Ellie.. never knew that these could be fatal!
EJWilkins: I'm not going to try to prove it! wink
That is some blue Ellie.... richard
EJWilkins: It's a truly astonishing blue, I was so pleased it came out accurately too
Lovely picture, lovely colours, good information.
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 5 Nov 2008, 16:16
Love the color... smile
  • FLOOG
  • The windmills of my mind
  • 5 Nov 2008, 16:57
Exquisite, Ellie smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Nov 2008, 21:38
If it is used in the kitchen with fatal results at the dinner table, then it must women's bane. Now Suzy, leave daddy's sauce - he needs it!
EJWilkins: Remember Louis, it's usually the men who do the vegetable gardening! wink
  • Kavita
  • Suriname
  • 5 Nov 2008, 23:35
Lovelyyyy! I like the colour.
Beautiful ! Just beautiful !!

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