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Directory of Wildflowers

Enchanter's Nightshade
Circaea lutetiana

Seed pods of Enchanter's Nightshade
Seed pods of Enchanter's Nightshade

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
1 - 2 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
2 - 8 
 
Native To:
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Missouri
Ohio
Wisconsin
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Bloom Color
White
 
Bloom Season
June - August
 

Features

Tiny white flowers with 2 deeply lobed petals (giving the appearance of 4 petals). The flowers are on an elongated spike-like structure, but are so small that they are not showy. Small, green oval seed pods follow the flowers (the seed pods are also not showy.

Culture

Shade to partial shade; soil needs to be consistently moist.

Notes

Found in moist woods.