CAUTION: All parts of this plant are toxic, and care should be taken to avoid direct contact with the plant’s sap. Wear gloves when cutting, planting, or working around Fischer Monkshood. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after working with the plant (even if you have worn gloves), and take care to cover any open cuts you may have prior to handling any plant material.
Fischer Monkshood is native to China and Korea.
Fischer Monkshood is also known as Wolfsbane as it was historically used to poison wolves. Tinctures of the poisonous sap were mixed with bait piles, or applied to weapon tips to paralyze and kill animals. Another name for this plant is Devil’s Helmet due to its toxic properties and flower structure.
The active toxin in Fischer Monkshood is Aconitine, an alkaloid that causes neurological, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular effects within hours of ingestion. Death usually occurs within 6 hours if a fatal dose is ingested, which can be as low as 4 teaspoons. If you experience headache, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea after working near this plant, seek medical attention immediately as rapid treatment is critical.