Henbane - Hyoscyamus niger

    Alt Name
    Black Henbane

    Henbane is a very hairy, sticky plant that grows up to 75 cm in height. The flowers are 2 to 3cm across and are creamy-yellow and funnel-shaped with a dark purplish centres. The leaves are pointed and the lower ones are toothed.

    Identification difficulty

    Henbane often grows around long-inhabited areas and old fortifications. It is sometimes found on waste ground and prefers sandy soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers between June and August.

    Life History

    Usually biennial (occasionally annual) herb.

    UK Status

    In Britain, Henbane is localised but sometimes fairly frequent in the south and east of England although rare elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland although there is a long standing colony at Bradgate Park. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 11 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map