Western monkshood, wolfbane (Aconitum columbianum)
National Park Service
Scientific Name: Aconitum columbianum
Common Name: Western monkshood, wolfbane
Type: Native (also cultivated)
Berries/Fruits: Shiny black triangular seeds
Flowers: Numerous helmet or hood-shaped blue- purple flowers arranged on tall spikes; blooms July to August.
Description: Grows 2-4 feet tall in damp shady places in upper elevation mountain areas. Has fleshy roots and stout stems. Leaves are dark green and deeply divided with multiple segments; leaves become smaller towards the top of the plant. Poisonous parts: all parts, especially roots and leaves.