Aconitum lycoctonum
Aconitum septentrionale.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Aconitum
A. lycoctonum
Binomial name
Aconitum lycoctonum
    • Aconitum aegophonum Rchb.
    • Aconitum alienum Rchb.
    • Aconitum altissimum Mill.
    • Aconitum altissimum subsp. penninum (Ser.) Holub
    • Aconitum artophonum Rchb.
    • Aconitum australe Rchb.
    • Aconitum baumgartenii Schur
    • Aconitum cynoctonum Rchb.
    • Aconitum galeriflorum Stokes
    • Aconitum jacquinianum Host
    • Aconitum lagoctonum Rchb.
    • Aconitum luparia Rchb.
    • Aconitum lupicida Rchb.
    • Aconitum meloctonum Rchb.
    • Aconitum monanense F.W.Schmidt ex Rchb.
    • Aconitum myoctonum Rchb.
    • Aconitum perniciosum Rchb.
    • Aconitum pyrenaicum L.
    • Aconitum rectum Bernh. ex Rchb.
    • Aconitum rogoviczii Wissjul.
    • Aconitum squarrosum L. ex B.D.Jacks.
    • Aconitum tenuisectum Schur
    • Aconitum thelyphonum Rchb.
    • Aconitum theriophonum Rchb.
    • Aconitum toxicarium Salisb.
    • Aconitum transilvanicum Lerchenf. ex Schur
    • Aconitum umbraticola Schur
    • Aconitum wraberi Starm.
    • Delphinium lycoctonum Baill.
    • Lycoctonum sylvaticum Fourr.
Follicles and seeds

Aconitum lycoctonum (wolf's-bane[2] or northern wolf's-bane)[3] is a species of flowering plant in the genus Aconitum, of the family Ranunculaceae, native to much of Europe and northern Asia.[4][5]

Lycoctonum is a rendering in modern Latin of the traditional name "wolf's-bane".[6]

It is an herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1 m tall. The leaves are palmately lobed with four to six deeply cut lobes. The flowers are 18–25 mm long, dark violet, rarely pale yellow.[7]

Like all species in the genus, it is poisonous.[7]


  1. ^ "Aconitum lycoctonum L." Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  2. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ Pharmacographica indica Vol 1
  4. ^ Flora Europaea: Aconitum lycoctonum
  5. ^ "Aconitum lycoctonum". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  6. ^ Shorter Oxford English dictionary, 6th ed. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2007. p. 3804. ISBN 978-0199206872.
  7. ^ a b Blamey, M. & Grey-Wilson, C. (1989). Flora of Britain and Northern Europe. ISBN 0-340-40170-2