Rock Creek Area

Monkshood (Aconitum columbianum) is a tall spindly erect and sometimes climbing forb which is perennial from rhizomes. It is usually found buried in among other plants that also enjoy wet roots. The showy purple floral parts are not petals; they are sepals. Two petals are short and tubular with split lower lips and coiled spurs. They are concealed within the upper hooded sepal and can be seen just barely protruding and curling under the hood - although I really can't find them.