One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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