After a short silence we continue with the Flower Parade again!
Today in the spotlight: the Monkshood, also called Aconite.

The aconite owes its name to the shape of the flower, which resembles a hood of the pee of a monk.
The most famous, in the Netherlands, is the blue Monkshood, but there are also white and yellow variants.
In our garden you will find the white variant, which blooms in summer (July-August), and a blue variant, which blooms in October.
There are hundreds of species of Monk caps, and I would not be able to tell you exactly which species we have.
That our blue blooms so late seems to be a bit special, thanks to the local grower, where we bought it years ago!

Our blue Monkshood is special in color, I always find.
When it starts to twilight, it's like a glow is hanging over the flowers: as if the flowers are giving light.
The plant grows up to two meters in height.
Monk caps are poisonous, so it is not wise to just pick them.
Also the honey made from the Monkshood contains toxins.,
Fortunately I see on our Monkshood mainly Bumblebees, which as far as I know do not suffer from the poison.

Wikipedia tells me there are quite a few legends about the Monkshood:
It would help against werewolves.
Medea is trying to poison Theseus with a cup of wine with Monkshood.
Heracles kidnaps the dog Kerberos from the underworld. The dog is frightened by daylight, and it's spraying poison out of his snake-headed skin. Where the poison comes down, the Monkshood sprouted.

I especially enjoy the beautiful flowers, and the special color blue that ours has፦)

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