Saturday, 27 June 2015

Monkshood - Cupola Ponds

The Monkshood has been in the press this week following the tragic death of a gardener who had been in contact with the plant. Although the plant is known to be poisonous this appears to be an extreme reaction.
It's described as a rare established perennial in The Flora of Derbyshire, I came across this plant on the edge of the Cupola Ponds near the Red Lion at Stonedge. It is widely cultivated in gardens and there are various hybrids recognised so it's impossible to know if this is a truly wild example but its a very striking flower.

Monkshood distribution from the Derby City Council flora website

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