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Toxic parts

The whole plant is highly toxic - simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people[1].

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Aconitum kusnezoffii.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Aconitum kusnezoffii.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is alterative, anaesthetic, antiarthritic, deobstruent, diaphoretic, diuretic, sedative and stimulant[2]. This is a very poisonous plant and should only be used with extreme caution and under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[3]. The seed can be stratified and sown in spring but will then be slow to germinate[4]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division - best done in spring but it can also be done in autumn[1][3]. Another report says that division is best carried out in the autumn or late winter because the plants come into growth very early in the year[5].

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Thrives in most soils and in the light shade of trees[1]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist soil in sun or semi-shade[6]. Prefers a calcareous soil.

Grows well in open woodlands[1][7]. Members of this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits and deer[5]. This species is closely related to A. yezoense[1].

A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby species, especially legumes[8].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Aconitum kusnezoffii
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    2 x meters
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Stuart. Rev. G. A. Chinese Materia Medica. Taipei. Southern Materials Centre ()
    3. ? 3.03.1 Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
    4. ? Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 1. Thompson and Morgan. (1987-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
    6. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    7. ? Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
    8. ? Hatfield. A. W. How to Enjoy your Weeds. Frederick Muller Ltd ISBN 0-584-10141-4 (1977-00-00)
    9. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)

    Facts about "Aconitum kusnezoffii"RDF feed
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    Belongs to familyRanunculaceae +
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    Has binomial nameAconitum kusnezoffii +
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    Has mature height2 +
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    Has shade toleranceLight shade +
    Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
    Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy +, Clay + and Heavy clay +
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