Etymology: Aconitum: ancient Greek loosely translated as "unconquerable poison" or from the Black Sea port of Aconis
Plants: erect, perennial, 1 1/2'- 2 1/2' tall forb; thick, turnip-like roots; all parts deadly poisonous
Leaves: wide, palmately-lobed into 5-7 deeply cut segments
Flowers: purple to white, 3/4" long, top helmet-shaped; inflorescence usually one branched cluster of a few stalked flowers; blooms July-Aug.
Habitat: wet; cool cliffs in shaded forests
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = NI WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"