Aconitum carmichaelii 'Fansi Pansi'

Fansi Pansi Monkshood

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Item #: 10055

Zones: 3a to 8b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 54" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Vietnam

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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Aconitum carmichaelii 'Fansi Pansi' has been an exceptional garden performer in our summer heat since 1999, growing in average to dry loamy soils. This seed strain is a Dan Hinkley introduction from his collection (HWJ99732) at 5,000' elevation on Vietnam's Fansipan Mountain in Lào Cai Province. From a basal rosette, the 4.5' tall stalks shoot upward, ending with a show of terminal clusters of blue-lavender flowers that start for us in mid-October.


Monkshood requires very little maintenance. Cutting the plant to the ground anytime between a killing frost and the start of new growth in spring is its main requirement. Most often Aconitum carmichaelii manages to remain upright without staking, but different species vary in their ability to stand up. The eastern US native, Aconitum uncinatum, usually sprawls through its neighbors. Monkshood does not require division but in time it can be divided to increase the garden display.

Growing Conditions:

Light shade or part sun suits Aconitum carmichaelii 'Fansi Pansi' best in hot climates such as zone 7 Piedmont, NC. Full sun will be tolerated in milder climates such as New England. Average soils of average moisture, neither soggy or overly dry, are best.

Garden Value:

Aconitum carmichaelii 'Fansi Pansi' offers a stunning floral display for the fall shade garden. Its affect is much like its cousin the delphinium: 4.5' spikes of blue-violet flowers. This flower show is especially welcome at a time when there isn't an abundance of plants blooming in the shade garden. Combine it with other fall bloomers such as selections of the shade-loving Salvia glabrescens, Farfugium japonicum, and Cyclamen.