Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Broadleaf Enchanter‘s Nightshade (Circaea canadensis) (Previously: Circaea lutetiana): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 22, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire The flower has two petals that are split to make it look like four petals. Leaves are opposite and gently, wavy-toothed. Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade differs from Small Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea alpina):
  • Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade flower petals are notched to less than half of the length while Small Enchanter’s Nightshade flower petals are notched to half of the length.
  • Small Enchanter’s Nightshade flowers tend to bunch towards the top of the cluster (usually 15 of fewer flowers) while Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade flowers are evenly spaced on the stalk.
  • Leaves of Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade: 2-1/2 to 6 inches long, shallowly-toothed and narrowly-pointed as compared to Small Enchanter’s Nightshade: 3/4 to 2-1/2 inches long, sharply-toothed, and broadly-pointed.
  • Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade grows to 28 inches tall while Small Enchanter’s Nightshade grows to 12 inches tall.
  • Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade flowers are at least 1/4 inch wide while Small Enchanter’s Nightshade flowers are less than 3/16 inch wide.
  • Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade leaves are usually not more than half as wide as long while Small Enchanter’s Nightshade leaves are more than half as wise as long.
  • Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade fruit capsules have two chambers and sticky hairs while Small Enchanter’s Nightshade fruit capsules have one chamber and one seed.
Date Location Notes Images
June 29, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire
Date Location Notes Images
June 12, 2014 Southern, Connecticut