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Aconitum hemsleyanum

Archive entry 07.09.14

23rd August 2013

A climbing species with thin twisting stems that wind upwards through thin shrubs and flowers in late summer as the seasons baby swallows take to the wing. I have seen it looking glorious in gardens in the east of the country, not so much in the west.
It comes from China and grows easily from seed, producing a glorified turnip-root that will be the source of the following years stems of wriggling promise.
Mine didn't survive the winter. Sheer will-power is unfortunately not enough, it seems to like summer warmth as well.