Definition of enchanter's nightshade in US 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.