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Genus of 100 species of perennials and biennials mainly from mountainous grassland or scrub in the northern hemisphere.
Suitable for cooler conditions they make good subjects for a woodland garden.Twining species can be grown through shrubs for support. Taller aconites require staking.
Plants are highly toxic and contact with foliage can irritate the skin.
It is represented in the UK by the native napellus, Monkshood, from the shape of the sepals.