Broadleaf Enchanter's Nightshade
Circaea lutetiana

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Circaea (ser-SAY-uh) (Info)
Species: lutetiana (loo-tee-shee-AY-nuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

New Carlisle, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 8, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

This is one of the woodland wildflowers that blooms during the summer in shaded areas. The flowers are small, white and delicate.

The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract small bees, including Halictid bees and Little Carpenter bees. They are also visited by Syrphid flies. Birds and mammals help to distribute the seeds, as the small burs can cling to feathers and fur. These seed-bearing burs can cling to the clothing of humans as well. Deer occasionally browse on the foliage.

Enchanter's Nightshade spreads by both seed and rhizomes, often creating small colonies in woodlands.