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White henbane (Hyoscyamus albus)

White henbane (Hyoscyamus albus)
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Seed quantity:
10 Pcs.
Botanical name:
Hyoscyamus albus


White henbane is a rare Mediterranean henbane with beautiful light flowers and a long and exciting history. In ancient times it was used for divination purposes, perhaps even in the Greek oracle cult. In the Middle Ages it was part of magic potions
and intoxicating beers.
The history of surgery would have been different without this plant. The narcotic henbane oil was often used before surgeries.
The white henbane originates from the Mediterranean. Its seed germinate easier than those of its cousin, the black henbane.

Caution: The whole plant is very poisonous and is particularly dangerous for children!

10 white henbane seeds

Growing instructions
Scatter seeds broadcast on seed sowing compost and press them into the soil gently, possibly slightly covering them from above with finely sieved soil. The annual henbane plant dies after fall, but can also be biennial, depending on sowing time. Henbane loves bright places and plenty of nitrogen (fertilization). Can also be kept as a houseplant.

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
20–80 cm
Root system :
Deep roots
Flower colour:
White, Yellow
Flowering period :
August, July, June, May
Water requirements:
Lifecycle :
Annual, Biennial, Perennial

Sowing & cultivation

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
April, March
Sowing time outdoors:
April, August, May, September
Sowing depth:
5 cm
Best germination temperature :
20 °C
Germination time in days:
14 – 28
Planting distance approx.:
60 – 90 cm

Companion planting

Other names

German names:
Bilselsamen, Bilsen, Binselkraut, Hexenkraut, Hundsgift, Hühnertod, Raasewurz, Tollkraut, Weißes Bilsenkraut, Zankkraut
English names:
Henbane, Stinking nightshade, White henbane
French names:
Jusquiame blanche
Spanish names:
Adamanta, Aveniños, Belaño blanco, Belesa, Beninos, Beniños, Benjí, Bininos, Carapuchetes, Cañamones locos, Hierba loca, Tabaco borde, Tomalocos, Veleño, Veliño, Veñiña
Italian names:
Giusquiamo bianco


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