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PlantFiles: White Henbane, Russian Henbane
Hyoscyamus albus

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hyoscyamus (hy-os-KY-uh-mus) (Info)
Species: albus (AL-bus) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive paracelsus On Jan 25, 2008, paracelsus from Elmira, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

A more refined-looking henbane than H. niger. The flowers are a butter yellow and as they age will get a bit of purple in the very bottom of the funnel. The leaves are attractive grey-green. This species doesn't get as big as H. niger.

Neutral mystic On Nov 16, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a erect annual or biennial with sticky pale green leaves. Grows in poor stony dry soils. All parts are toxic if ingested and can irritate skin on contact. The flowers and the seed heads are used in dry flower arrangements.

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