enchanter's nightshade

enchanter's nightshade

noun
any of several plants belonging to the genus Circaea, of the evening primrose family, of cool and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, having white flowers.

Origin:
1590–1600

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enchanter's nightshade
 
n
any of several onagraceous plants of the genus Circaea, esp C. lutetiana, having small white flowers and bristly fruits

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enchanter's nightshade

any herbaceous perennial plant of the genus Circaea, in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae), that occurs in damp woodlands of the Northern Hemisphere. The plants have slender stems with opposite leaves. The small, white, two-petaled flowers grow in clusters, and the fruits have hooked bristles.

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