Henbane, Black (Hyoscyamus niger), packet of 50 seeds, organic [CA, WA no]
Family: Nightshade (Solanacea)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 8, often grown as an annual, 90 days to flowers
Annual, overwintering annual or biennial native to Europe, North Africa and Asia. One of the most fascinating and insidious plants one can grow from seed. The flowers are deeply attractive. Traditional usage (TWM): external use for pain relief. Source of scopalamine. Internal use is toxic. Plant prefers sun and dry to mesic soils, growing in regular garden soil or waste places. Strew the seed on the surface of soil or in pots in the fall or early spring and tamp in securely. Keep evenly moist until germination. Individuate seedlings to their own pots and grow on until sufficiently sized to plant to the garden. It is also very reasonable to direct-seed henbane in a good seedbed. Thin or transplant to one foot apart. Protect seedlings from potato beetles and other Solanacea-specific pests that tend to relish these plants and their kin.
50 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown. Not for sale to Washington or California.