Roots slender, elongate, fascicled. Stems erect, reclining or climbing, 6-25 dm. Cauline leaves: blade 3-7-divided with more than 4mm leaf tissue between deepest sinus and base of blade, 12-20 cm wide, segment margins cleft and toothed. Inflorescences open racemes or panicles. Flowers white to cream colored, 18-30 mm from tips of pendent sepals to top of hood; pendent sepals 7-10 mm; hood conic to nearly cylindric, 15-23 mm from receptacle to top of hood, 4-12 mm wide from receptacle to beak apex.
Phenology: Flowering late spring–summer (Jun–Sep).
Habitat: Shaded ravines of woods in mountains and upper piedmont
Elevation: to 1700 m
N.C., Pa., Va., W.Va.
The only American species of Aconitum sect. Lycoctonum de Candolle, A. reclinatum exhibits elongate, fasciculate roots and the tall, conic-cylindric hood characteristic of that section.