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A widely used herbal remedy in China, where it is cultivated for its root. See notes on toxicity.,


The plant contains the toxic alkaloid aconitine and is very poisonous - should not be used internally unless under the direction of a qualified practitioner. Overdoses lead to numbness of the tongue, lips and extremities, nausea, vomiting, irritability and coma.,

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, China

Aconitum carmichaeli Debeaux

Genus: Aconitum
Species: carmichaeli Debeaux
Common names: Japanese Aconite, Carmichael's monkshood
Distribution summary: China, Vietnam
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H7 - Very hardy
Habitat: Forest magins, scrub and grassy slopes
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Far East (L)
Flowering months: August, September
Reason for growing: Medicinal, toxic

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