by Josephine Andrews
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Blue monkshood prefers to grow in damp locations in the mountains, on the banks of streams or as an ornamental plant in gardens.


The perennial can grow up to one and a half meters tall and has palmate leaves. The dark blue, helmet-shaped flowers that grow between June and August are characteristic. The seeds are black – as is the root tuber.

Toxic parts

All parts of the monkshood plant are poisonous, but especially the roots. The main active ingredients are alkaloids, which can have various effects on the organism. Even small amounts from 0.2 grams are toxic.

Possible symptoms

The monkshood is considered to be highly poisonous. Poisoning is also possible through contact with the skin . Symptoms range from initial tingling, burning, and numbness to severe vomiting and abnormal heart rhythms. These often cannot be treated and can be fatal.

First aid

Spit out plant remains immediately or remove them from the mouth with your hand (e.g. in the case of children). It is helpful to drink a lot to dilute the poison. Go to the doctor immediately. If you know that large amounts have been ingested, call an ambulance immediately on 112.

useful information

In homeopathy , blue monkshood is used in the early stages of influenza, acute fever or nerve pain. In earlier times, extracts from the plant were also a popular means of murdering someone.

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