This is an unusual colour variant on the normal creamy-white form of Aconitum lycoctonum that bears strong spikes of purple-grey flowers shaded with cream at the mouth and dusky violet on the spur. As such it makes quite a change from the usual run-of-the-mill varieties. It is a local and regional Carpathian endemic from the nemoral belt of the mountains and taller hills.
For best results, sow seeds as soon as you receive them in a cool place onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. These seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate, and sometimes they wait for spring before emerging whenever they are sown. Do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan, no matter how long it takes for germination to occur.
Common name:Moldavian Monkshood, Aconitum lycoctonum ssp moldavicum