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Common Name: Enchanter's Nightshade
Circaea lutetiana is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.70 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
Most of Europe, including Britain, south and east to N. Africa and Iran.
Woods and shady places on a moist, base-rich soil, throughout Britain to 360 metres[
Prefers a moist soil and a position in partial shade, growing well in woodland conditions[
The plant has been used as a treatment on wounds[
]. A compound infusion has been drunk and also used as a wash on injured parts of the body[
Seed - sow spring in situ if you have sufficient seed. Otherwise sow in pots in light shade in a cold frame, pricking the seedlings out into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Plant out in the summer or the following spring.