Aconitum lycoctonum

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Aconitum lycoctonum
Aconitum septentrionale.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Aconitum
A. lycoctonum
Binomial name
Aconitum lycoctonum

Aconitum septentrionale Koelle
Aconitum vulparia Rchb.

Follicles and seeds

Aconitum lycoctonum (wolf's-bane[1] or northern wolf's-bane) (Hindi: Bikh बिख)[2] is a species of flowering plant in the genus Aconitum, of the family Ranunculaceae, native to much of Europe and northern Asia.[3][4]

Lycoctonum is a rendering in modern Latin of the traditional name "wolf's-bane".[5]

It is an herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1 m tall. The leaves are palmately lobed with four to six deeply cut lobes. The flowers are 18–25 mm long, dark violet, rarely pale yellow.[6]

Like all species in the genus, it is poisonous.[6]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ Pharmacographica indica Vol 1
  3. ^ Flora Europaea: Aconitum lycoctonum
  4. ^ "Aconitum lycoctonum". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  5. ^ Shorter Oxford English dictionary, 6th ed. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2007. p. 3804. ISBN 0199206872.
  6. ^ a b Blamey, M. & Grey-Wilson, C. (1989). Flora of Britain and Northern Europe. ISBN 0-340-40170-2