Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger L.)


(Hyoscyamus niger L.)


GROWTH HABIT:  Erect, bushy, annual or biennial.  Reproduces by seed only.

LEAVES:  Alternate, coarsely toothed, shallowly lobed, very hairy.  Foliage has a foul odor.

STEMS:  Erect, branched, 1-3 feet tall.

FLOWERS:  Large, 1-2 inches in diameter, brownish-yellow with a purple center and purple veins.  Flowers from upper leaf axils.

ROOTS:  Medium taproot.

SEEDS:  Tiny, black; hundreds in 1 inch long pineapple-shaped or vase-shaped seed capsules.

OTHER:  All parts of this plant are toxic.