Devils Helmet / Wolfsbane

Devils Helmet / Wolfsbane
Devils Helmet / Wolfsbane

Aconitum otherwise known as wolfsbane, Devils helmet, Monkshood, blue rocket to name but a few, is a highly poisonous perennial plant found across the UK. The name derives from the Greek translated as “without struggle” The plant produces toxins which can affect the body and in many cases over the centuries has resulted in death

The plant has recently been in the national news when a gardener sadly passed away after contact with Aconitum.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29949275

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11213530/Gardener-died-after-brushing-past-poisonous-plant-in-millionaires-garden.html

The roots are extremely poisonous if ingested and there have been small cases of death resulting from contact with the plant. Please contact IWM for an eradication programme for this deadly species.