What’s in bloom this May in Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens


In this blog Bryan Leech highlights two of the fabulous plants in bloom this May in Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens.

Monkshood, Aconitum

Also known as aconite, wolfsbane, leopard’s bane, devil’s helmet, or blue rocket, this is a genus of over 250 species of flowering plants belonging to the family Ranunculaceae that is most closely related to delphiniums.

A beautiful but deadly poisonous plant that can poison by touch but this does not seem to cause fatal toxicity.

Common Bisort, Bistorta Officinalis

It bears spikes of soft pink cylindrical flowers and is at its best during the month of May.

It is also known as ‘Pudding Dock’ or ‘Passion Dock’ in North England because it was used to make a dessert at Eastertime.