Definition of enchanter's nightshade in English:

enchanter's nightshade


  • A woodland plant with small white flowers and fruit with hooked bristles, native to Eurasia and North America.

    Genus Circaea, family Onagraceae: several species, including C. quadrisulcata and the smaller C. alpina

    ‘The wildflowers, many of which bloom in May, include waterleaf, wild ginger, red trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, smooth and woolly blue violet, Solomon's seal, false Solomon's seal, and enchanter's nightshade.’


Late 16th century believed by early botanists to be the herb used by Circe to charm Odysseus' companions.