Wolfsbane, also known as Monkshood because of the shape of its flowers, is the common name for the perennial shrub Aconitum. A native of Europe and North America, it’s a herbaceous plant with a tall stem, often with blue flowers.
I planted a batch of Aconite seeds as part of my research into werewolves.
In legends and lore, wolfsbane is often associated with the werewolf. Sometimes it’s used to ward off the creatures. In Harry Potter, it’s used to cure lycanthropy. Alternatively, in some legends, drinking wolfsbane potion will turn you into a werewolf.
I’m planning to use the herb in my Wolf Blood novels.
All parts of the plant are deadly poisonous, which makes it perfect for our forest garden, which is visited by deer. It’s not that I want to poison the deer, you understand. Deer are too smart to eat poisonous plants. Because of that the wolfsbane has a chance to grow and thrive in our garden, instead of being eaten like so many other plants we have tried.
I kept the seeds in the fridge over the winter, as instructed, then planted them in a seed tray in April.
And with that, I declare the wolfsbane experiment to have failed.