Black Henbane | Hyoscyamus niger

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Explore the enigmatic allure of Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) at our online wildflower nursery! With its toothed leaves and captivating funnel-shaped blooms in shades of yellow to purple, this biennial adds an intriguing touch to any garden.

Thriving in sandy and rocky habitats, Black Henbane adapts to diverse soils. However, exercise caution, as its toxic nature requires careful handling. This plant is resistant to herbivores,  providing pollen for a wide variety of insects – its unique presence contributes to the botanical diversity of your landscape. Embrace the mystique of Black Henbane, a conversation starter for the bold and experienced gardener. Order now to cultivate this captivating wildflower!


Botanical Information: Black Henbane

Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) is a herbaceous biennial plant that belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae. This intriguing species is characterized by its toothed, lobed leaves, and distinctive funnel-shaped flowers that range from yellow to purple. Growing up to one meter in height, Black Henbane exudes an air of mystery with its unique appearance.


Native to Europe and Asia, Black Henbane thrives in disturbed habitats such as wastelands, roadsides, and cultivated fields. It is well-adapted to a variety of soil types, including loamy and sandy soils. The plant’s ability to colonize disturbed areas and adapt to different environmental conditions makes it a resilient and widespread species.

Benefits to Wildlife

While Black Henbane has historically been used for medicinal and ritualistic purposes, it is essential to note that the plant is toxic and should be handled with care. In terms of wildlife, due to its toxic nature, it does not play a significant role as a food source or habitat for birds or mammals, but provides for several specialist invertebrates and is a good source of nectar for butterflies and bees.

Conservation Status in the UK

Black Henbane is considered in severe decline in the UK. This is particularly due to the collapse of short high diversity sandy meadows and encroachment and development on the coasts. It is not currently listed as endangered, however this may change in the near future should declines continue.

Ease of Growing

Black Henbane is adaptive and can thrive in various soil conditions, it is crucial to exercise caution when planting this species due to its toxic nature. This beautiful species is not commonly grown for ornamental or garden purposes, and its cultivation is not recommended for casual gardeners. For the experienced and careful gardener however, it is a delight that can add an interesting talking point to any garden or sandy space.

In conclusion, Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) is a unique and adaptable plant with a complex history. Its distinctive appearance and toxic nature make it a plant of interest. However caution is warranted in its cultivation due to its potential ecological impact and toxicity to both humans and animals.

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