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Enchanter's Nightshade

Circaea lutetiana

Plant Data

Order:
Myrtales
Family:
Onagraceae (Willowherb)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
2 tiny white deeply notched petals, sometimes tinged pale pink, upto 7mm across. Hairy sepals and no bracts. Stigmas are deeply lobed. Flower spike not overcrowded, positioned at the top of the main stem.
Fruit:
Burr-like fruits, teardrop-shaped, not splitting open when ripe. Each fruit has 2 chambers and is covered in hooked hairs which cling to clothing upon passing by.
Leaves:
Simple, toothed, heart-shaped leaves, up to 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. The opposite pairs of leaves are at right-angles to the pair below. The upper leaves are the smallest.
Maximum Size:
65cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Not edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Broadleaf Enchanter's Nightshade, Herb of St Etienne, Paris Nightshade, Sorcerer of Paris, St Stephen's Wort, Witches Grass.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, scrub, wasteland, waterside, woodland.