Enchanters Nightshade: from the dark side | Nature Notes from Dorset

Walk through any woodland in mid-summer and in dark, shady places there is a pretty good chance you will encounter the sparkling white, sometimes pinkish, flowers of enchanter's nightshade (Circaea lutetiana).  They are small flowers that grow in spikes but, although small, they do seem to have a sparkle about them in otherwise dark surroundings. The plant also has a curious smell and whilst not poisonous I suspect it also has an unpleasant taste and is best left alone.
Enchanter's nightshade is a curious, rather evocative name and one wonders on its origins.

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