If you’re a Potter-head or a fan of Shakespeare’s poem or if you know about Greek mythology, you would’ve come across the name of Monkshood quite a few times.
Moreover, people of this state are well aware of this wildflower as they grew up pretty much everywhere. Even some people get anxiety if they hear about Monkshood which is called ‘Aconitum Anxiety’. Scary, isn’t it?
Well, you don’t need to be scared because we’re here to provide you with how to get rid of Monkshood in an effortless way. Let’s find out the process, shall we?
Where Does Monkshood Grow?
The common Monkshood flowers grow wildly in Canada, the United States, Europe, and the East side of the Himalayas. Actually, it’ll depend on your location and which type of Monkshood you may find.
If you’re in the USA or Canada you’ll get the common blue/purple flowers but if it’s the Himalayas, you may find some unique pieces like greenish Monkshood.
Why You Should Get Rid of Monkshood?
You should get rid of Monkshood because of its poison. Well, it’s not some minor poisonous flower; it’s a queen of poisons! They’re also known as Wolfsbane (you may hear this in Harry Potter), devil’s helmet, aconite, and blue rocket.
The whole flower, especially the roots and leaves, contains poisons known as Aconine and Aconitine. If someone eats it or even touches it, the effects will be shown immediately.
For the bitter taste of Monkshood, any person won’t grasp it willingly, but if someone does, the throat, tongue, and face will instantly go numb.
In addition, that person will feel nauseous, dizzy and his blood pressure will become very low. Again, blurred vision and vomiting symptoms are also included that had been examined by the doctors from the affected person.
An affected person can also become paralyzed straight away and get a heart attack that leads him to death.
How to Get Rid of Monkshood?
It’s always good to get rid of poisonous wildflowers like Monkshood especially if you have small children or pets in your house. They can touch the flower any time. So it’s better to trim them or cut them off.
Here’re some steps you can do it easily.
- Always wear gloves when you’re touching some wild plants, even if it’s not Monkshood. And for Monkshood, try to wear Red Kap Men’s Long Sleeve Twill Action Back Coverall as the plants are hazardous.
- As there’re toxins in the flower, make sure to wear 50pcs KN95 Face Mask before you go to your garden or whatever place they’re located.
- Now, when you’re ready, you can dig them up or pull the plants for the removal process. You can ask for some plant experts who remove wild poisonous flowers, so there’ll be no risk. Also, they’ll confirm you don’t have any leftover flowers or seeds in your garden!
- You can also put the plants in a compost heap. Just make sure your heap is composting very well. Otherwise, it may create earthworms.
- Furthermore, try to put a small number of plants in a heap from time to time because too much may not be composted well.
However, Monkshood is quite tough to grow back once you cut them. So you should make your decision wisely.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Will Happen If I Touch Monkshood?
As you know, Monkshood is a poisonous plant, so if you touch them, the toxins like aconitine, neurotoxins, and mesaconitine will absorb through your skin. It can cause severe cardiac and respiratory problems. Also, know that only a 2mg dose of aconitine can cause your death within 4 hours.
So, be careful, and if there’s a situation to touch them, make sure you’re wearing Medpride Medical Vinyl Examination Gloves and coveralls.
Should I Get Rid Of Monkshood?
Well, if you have children and pets in your home, it’s better not to grow wildflowers like Monkshood. But if you’re a nature person and want to grow this beauty, make sure they’re at a safe place where no children or pets can reach them.
You can also remove the old blossoms from time to time so that the late season or secondary blossoms can grow up.
When Should I Cut Monkshood?
If you want to cut Monkshood, the best time is mid-late summer. Leave them the whole winter, and when they’re visible, you can easily get rid of the pants.
What colors does Monkshood come in?
Monkshood or Wolfsbane is usually found blue/purple color when they’re fully grown. The terminal raceme is produced of blue or white, then they modify their color. You can also find this wildflower in a pink or yellowish tone.
The interesting thing about them is that their 5 petals look like adapted sepals which can be compared to petaloid!
Is Wolfsbane and Monkshood the same?
Yes, they are the same plant. People also know them as aconite, which is known as a dreadful toxin. However, there’re different types of Monkshood that vary in height and color.
The Bottom Line
Monkshood may look beautiful and thrilling, but touching a little bit of it or swallowing a small amount can cause your death. This wildflower needs to be taken care of very diligently.
But now, we’re quite sure that you’ve got the detailed idea about the poisonous portion and learned how to get rid of Monkshood. All you need is some preparation and protection according to the steps mentioned earlier.
Moreover, make sure to figure out if they’re really a Monkshood plant as there’re 250 types of aconite flowers that go under the aconitum genus.