Enchanter's-nightshade - Circaea lutetiana

    Alternative names
    Enchanter's Nightshade

    Short to medium somewhat hairy plant with long slender stolons. Leaves opposite. Flowers white or pinkish, small, 4 to 7 mm in lax racemes with open flowers well spaced.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland and various other shaded habitats.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain except for the north of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Quite frequent in shady places in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 246 of the 617 tetrads.

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