A poisonous plant of the genus Aconitum, also known as monkshood or wolfsbane, with tall spikes of blue, purple, or white flowers.
The word "aconite" is derived from the greek word "akoniton" which is the name of a poisonous plant.
- The aconite plant is poisonous if ingested and can cause serious health problems.
- The aconite flowers have a tall spike of blue or purple flowers and are often used in gardens for their aesthetic value.
- The aconite root has been used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments.
- Aconite is a key ingredient in some traditional Chinese medicine formulas.
- In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, poison is put into the ear of King Claudius by pouring juice of hebenon (henbane) and juice of aconite into his ear.