Henbane - Hyoscyamus niger
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.
Henbane often grows around long-inhabited areas and old fortifications. It is sometimes found on waste ground and prefers sandy soils.
Flowers between June and August.
Usually biennial (occasionally annual) herb.
In Britain, Henbane is localised but sometimes fairly frequent in the south and east of England although rare elsewhere.
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
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