Circaea lutetiana
(Enchanter's Nightshade)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Enchanter's Nightshade, Broad Leaf Enchanter's Nightshade
    Synonyms: Circaea canadensis
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - August
    Status: Native

Circaea lutetiana, or Enchanter's Nightshade, is native to much of the eastern United States, as well as part of the central US. It is a hardy perennial, which grows in open woods and woodland edges. It blooms in early to mid summer with small white flowers.

The only other plant that looks similar to this is its cousin, Circaea alpina, but the two can be easily distinguished - Circaea canadensis is a taller plant, frequently between 12 and 18 inches tall, and it grows most often in dry woods. By contrast Circaea alpina has a diminutive stature, reaching a maximum of only 8 inches in height and only grows in moist, cool woods. It also has smaller leaves that have more teeth and are more heart-shaped than Circaea lutetiana which has longer leaves that are also toothed, but not as much.

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