Monkshood (Aconitum delphinifolium, ssp. delphinifolium) is found in woodlands, meadows and mid-alpine areas over most of Alaska. Monkshood blooms during July and August.
Monkshood is a tall slender plant, 2’ to 4’ tall. The flowers are scattered on a long stem above the leaves, are shaped like a helmet, and range in color from light blue to navy blue, and, occasionally, white. The plant is poisonous and has been used in bait to kill undesired animals. The blooms can be dried for use in decorative arrangements by hanging upside-down.
Source: Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers, Verna E. Pratt, Alaskakrafts, Inc., 1996.
This pathtag is one of five of the sixth annual fundraising pathtags for GeocacheAlaska! and features one of our unique flowers. The Alaskan flowers featured in the 2015 series are the State Flower Forget-me-not, Fireweed, Monkshood, Prickly Rose, and Chocolate Lily. The tag designs were created by Design Partner Chris Mackey/fox-and-the-hound of AURA Design Group in coodination with GeocacheAlaska! Sourdough member Ray Menzie/akgh519.
The tags are available only as sets via direct sales from GeocacheAlaska! at http://www.geocachealaska.org/alaskageocoins.htm and at GeocacheAlaska! events, so please do not make trade requests of this GeocacheAlaska! account. Two-hundred-fifty (250) of each of the quarterly pathtags were manufactured.
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