Essay about The History of Aconite

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For this essay, I’ve chosen to write about Aconitum (Aconite). Other common names (and/or species) for this plant include (but are not limited to); Monkshood, old wife's hood, helmet flower, soldier's cap, bachnag, bear's foot, and the apt name; brute killer.

This plant has a long history of use in both the muggle and wizarding worlds. It is known to grow in the North portion of Eastern Hemisphere, particularly in mountainous regions in lower slopes. Specifically, the Swiss Alps, Salzburg, North Tyrol and Vorarlberg are noted for the commonality of the plant growing there. Although it is currently most commonly used in Asia, it does not normally grow there. Aconite prefers slightly moist soil like loam, and thrives in shade. The ideal environment for it would be a damp, wooded clearing. With this kind of environment, it would simply require weeding to flourish.

Aconite is a highly poisonous plant. There are many varieties/relatives of this plant, and those vary in medicinal properties and toxicity. All parts of the plant contain the poison, although the root is the thing most commonly used in medicines and potions. It is a perennial member of the buttercup family. The appearance of this plant is quite striking, the flower is often a vivid purple or bright yellow. The purple version stands upright on a dark green stem with leaves and the flower petals form the shape of a hood (lending to the name monkshood). Many blooms can be found on one stem, giving the plant the…