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Aconitum reclinatum

Trailing Wolfsbane, White Monkshood, White Aconite

Scientific Name:

Aconitum reclinatum

Genus:

Aconitum

Species Epithet:

reclinatum

Common Name:

Trailing Wolfsbane, White Monkshood, White Aconite

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Rich cove forests, particularly along brookbanks, in seepages, and in periglacial boulderfields with seepage, primarily over mafic rocks (such as amphibolite, metagabbro, or greenstone), rarely over sandstone or granitic rocks (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

SR-T: Significantly Rare: Throughout (*Key)

Notes:

A Southern and Central Appalachian endemic, rare in NC (Weakley).

Trailing Wolfsbane, Aconitum reclinatum

Rare in NC, Trailing Wolfsbane grows in rich cove forests, on streambanks, in seepages, and in periglacial boulderfields with seepage.

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Paynter, 2011

Flowers close up

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Flower visited by a native pollinator.

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Foliage

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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