Belongs to: willowherb family

Enchanters nightshade Circaea lutetiana


Best time to see: Jun to late Aug

Key facts

A woodland plant with spikes of small white flowers, spreading by means of underground stems (rhizomes)

Flowers are followed by small bur-like fruits which are dispersed by passing animals

Food plant of elephant hawk-moth caterpillars

Extras

The enchanter referred to in the name is Circe the witch, who turned Ulysses' shipmates into pigs

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Photo © Tony Gunton

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