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Circaea lutetiana

Circaea lutetiana
enchanter's nightshade
Circaea lutetiana

Common name enchanter's nightshade
Family onagraceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white
Size 12"
Light part shade

With such an enticing common name, I just had to try this plant, so I got seed from a wildflower enthusiast. As you can see in the photos, this is definitely more a wildflower than a gardenworthy plant, with its tiny white flowers on sparse upright plants with plain Jane leaves but everything's worth trying at least once. I actually like the hairy seedpods better than the flowers!

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 70F (3w) - 35F (6w) - 70F (38%G, 6-10d)

appears to need a cold stage

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