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Set B6 - Wild Flowers Series 2 - card information

42. Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger L.)

42. Henbane

This is a strange sinister plant. It is poisonous, and has an evil smell. Its flowers with their dark purple centres and veinings are distinctive, and quite beautiful. They appear from June to August. The plant may grow to a height of two feet. Stems and leaves are covered with glandular hairs, and the plant is sticky. It grows in sandy places near the sea, on waste ground and chalky soils.