An exceedingly beautiful flower, a white sister of the large Blue Columbine, which is the "State flower" of Colorado, and sometimes sufficiently tinged with blue to show the relationship. It is a rather slender plant, usually with several stems, from one to two feet tall, the foliage rather bluish-green, the flowers large and usually pure-white, and is found in the mountains.
Monkshoods have almost as much charm as their cousins Columbine and Larkspur, with a quaintness and individuality all their own. There are a good many kinds mountain plants, growing in temperate regions, with rather weak stems and leaves much like those of Larkspur The blue and white blossoms have a "hood," which gives these plants their very appropriate name. This is formed by the upper and larger one of the five, petal-like sepals arching over and forming a hood, or helmet, under which the two small petals, with spurs and claws, are hidden sometimes there are three or more petals below, which an minute and resemble stamens. The real stamens an numerous and ripen before the pistils, thus ensuring cross pollination, and the fruit consists of a head, of from three tc five, many-seeded pods. The thick or turnip-shaped rool is used medicinally and is virulently poisonous, so these plants are sometimes called Wolfsbane. Aconite is the ancient Greek name and other common names are Blue weed and Friar's-cap.