Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Enchanter's Nightshade
Circaea lutetiana
of the Willowherb family
a perennial
30 -60 cm high
blooms June - August
likes Woodland,Scrubs and Hedgegrows
can be seen on the path between Roman Bridge and golf course

The plant got its name from a Flemish botanist, Mathais De l'Obel, who was searching for a magical plant used by Circe, a mythical sorceress. Lutetia is the Latin name for Paris, where De l'Obel was working at the time. In Anglo-Saxon times the plant was thought to be a protection against spells cast by elves. The seeds of the plant are covered in hooks which enable them to be carried away and spread by insects.