Genus - Aconitum
Aconitum is also known as Wolf's Bane, Aconite, or Monkshood. It aquired the name wolf's bane due to its use as a poison to kill wolves. It aquired the name aconite as this is the name of the poison in the leaves and roots of the plant. In China the species is used to make medicines. Once one sees the flower the name monkshood is easily understood.
Culture - Best grown in moist and organically rich soils in the sun or in part shade. This genus has been naturallized throughout the Eastern United States. Wear gloves when working with this plant. All parts are poisonous. Aconitum does not like root disturbance and can be left undivided for many years.