Wildflowers of New York

Circaea lutetiana

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

Enchanters Nightshade
- Circaea lutetiana

Evening Primrose Family

Not to be mistaken for a member of the poisonious nightshade family. The genus name comes from the enchantress Circe of Greek mythology. Lutetia, the Latin name for Paris (sometimes called the Witch City, refers to the second part. Despite its name it is not especially toxic but should be considered inedible.

The tiny flowers are short-lived and replaced by a small bur-like fruit. The plant can also propagate by rhizomes and form colonies.

Found: woods, moist shady areas
1 - 2 feet
July - Sept bloom time

Enchanters Nightshade