WOLFSBANE: Aconitum vulparia [lycoctonum]
ACONITE: Aconitum napellus
AKA: Monkshood, Helmut Flower
Origin: Both varieties from Himalayas, through Europe to Great Britain.
Toxicity: Both varieties VERY poisonous. Wolfsbane even more so than Monkshood. All parts toxic, especially roots.
Part Used: All parts powerful, but best to use flower in any workings.
Lore: Said to be invention of Hecate from the foam of Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the Underworld.
Magick: Wolfsbane and Monkshood used interchangeably. Very magickal. Used to redirect enemies. Protection. The seed, when wrapped in lizard's skin, allows one to become invisible. To invoke Hecate.
Consecration of magickal blades, bringing power of protection and magickal awareness to protect ritual from negative energies. Fast acting.
Other: Wolfsbane has yellow flowers, Monkshood has blue/purple flowers.