Witching Plants: Enchanter’s Nightshade

Nightshade
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Circaea
Latin Name: Circaea lutetiana
Folk Names: Witch’s Grass, Great Witch Herb, Wood Magic Herb
Planetary Ruler: Saturn
Element: Earth
Sacred To: Hekate, Kirke (Circe), Medea, Frau Holda, Cerridwen

Botany: Enchanter’s Nightshade is a perennial of the willowherb family. Native to Europe and naturalised in the United States, it grows to approximately 2 feet in height with heart-shaped leaves growing up to five inches in size. Enchanter’s Nightshade flowers in the summer, with tiny pinkish white star-shaped flowers. These become spiky, clinging seeds in the late summer. This plant prefers shaded woods but has become a nuisance weed to many gardeners as well. Despite the name, Enchanter’s Nightshade is not a member of the Solanaceae family and is quite harmless.

Healing: I’ve found a reference that Enchanters Nightshade can be made into a tea to help with rheumatism, but no original sources that back it up.

Magical Uses: Named for the Classical Greek sorceress Kirke (Circe), Enchanter’s Nightshade is a useful addition to any working of enchantment, especially connected with shapeshifting, hexing and charming others. Harvested and dried, it can be safely added to incense blends for transformation or blends designed to draw a lover to you.

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