This wildflower is native to western North America where it grows in riparian and other moist areas, in meadows and coniferous forests. It is found from 600-2,900 metres (2,000-9,500 ft) in elevation. Aconitum columbianum is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family known by the common names Columbian monkshood or western monkshood.
Aconitum columbianum is a tall spindly erect to scandent forb which is perennial from rhizomes. It has lobed or toothed leaves and long stems with far-spaced flowers.
The folded, wrinkly flowers are often deep blue or purple, but may also be white or yellowish, and they usually have a spur. The fruits are pod-like follicles.
Like other monkshoods (Aconitum species), this plant is poisonous.
Subspecies and varieties include: