Enchanter's Nightshade

Circaea lutetiana

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This plant is actually a willowherb and is unimpressive until viewed close up.  It can be found in woodlands, hedge-banks, gardens and even at the foot of old walls.  It especially likes heavy rich soils.

How to identify

An erect plant with round leaf stalks and opposite oval leaves which are rounded at the base but reduce down to a finer tip. The flowers are very light pink and grow in an inflorescence.

Where to find it

Woodland, hedgebanks, gardens


When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Enchanter's Nightshade
Latin name
Circaea lutetiana
20-70cm tall