Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: rich, loam, clay
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, colonizing, naturalizing, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Circaea lutetianaAlso known as:
broadleaf enchanter's nightshade,
Circaea lutetiana is an attractive woodland species with broad, opposite oblong leaves that taper to a fine point, with slightly serrated margins. The plant is typically unbranched and grows up to a height of 2'. The diminutive white flowers are borne on a terminal raceme that extends 6" above the foliage.
Broadleaf enchater's nightshade is rarely found in cultivation, but is an excellent companion plant for other woodland species that enjoy filtered light and moist soil rich in organic material. It can spread via rhizomes, but is not aggressive. This makes it a good choice to fill in gaps among other species, where its broad attractive foliage can be used to offset other texture. The flowers are not very showy, but do add a delicate visual element during the summer months. Zones 4-8
Sow freshly collect seeds in fall, or divide rhizomes in spring.
Circaea lutetiana is rarely found commercially, but its ornamental features and non-aggressive habit make it worthy of more attention.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY
|Family||Onagraceae||Evening Primrose family|
|Species||Circaea lutetiana||broadleaf enchanter's nightshade|