Blue monkshood: beautiful, but poisonous!

Blue monkshood: beautiful, but poisonous!

All parts of the plant are highly toxic!

All plant parts of the blue monkshood are extremely poisonous! Not only are children and animals at risk, but you too, if you treat them recklessly. Show him respect, because even a few grams are life-threatening! Its tuber and seeds are considered to be the most poisonous.

Symptoms of intoxication and death within 30 minutes

Alkaloids, and especially aconitine, cause symptoms of poisoning to appear quickly (death after 30 minutes) - even with bare skin contact:

  • Numbness
  • Vomit
  • diarrhea
  • Visual disturbances
  • Respiratory paralysis
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Sensitivity to cold


The blue monkshood finds its locations particularly in the European mountain regions. It can not only be found there, but also on roadsides and bank areas and even in gardens. Be on your guard!