Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger)
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Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger)

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Black henbane is a truly exceptional plant. With a look that is very striking - the glandular-hairy leaves, crisscrossed with black veins, white flowers, the dry seed pods - it has a very special look to it, but all parts of the plant are highly
poisonous! In folk medicine, it was used as an anticonvulsant and especially against asthma. As the active ingredient content can vary strongly, serious poisonings occurred often. Therefore, today, henbane is only used as a homeopathic dilution.

Antiquity embraced this poisonous herbaceous plant with the sticky hairy leaves and unpleasant smell for reasons of divine worship. In Medieval times, black henbane won recognition for its part in the concoction of "flying potion" and as an intoxicating additive to beer - until the 17th century, beer was mixed with black henbane to enhance its impact. By means of the German medieval beer purity law, henbane and many other beer ingredients were outlawed and no longer used. Ethnologists speculate that the name of the city Pilsen, home of Pilsner beer, derives from the German word for henbane, "Bilsenkraut".

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

Seeds, content: Approx. 100 Black Henbane seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
30 – 60 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Root system :
Deep roots
Lifecycle :
full sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
20 °C
Germination time in days:
14 – 28
Planting distance:
60 – 90 cm
Main harvest:
Before flowering
Scatter seeds on seed sowing compost and press them into the soil gently, possibly slightly covering them from above with finely sieved soil. Keep warm! Germination is often reluctant. Let the seeds pre-soak for six hours in warm water, or treat them with a cold stimulus (temperatures below -12 °C) for four hours before sowing.
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.
Other names
Botanical name:
hyoscarpus nigerhyoscyamus niger
German names:
bilselsamenbilsenbinselkrauthexenkrauthundsgifthühnertodraasewurzschwarzes bilsenkrauttollkrautzankkraut
English names:
black henbanehenbanestinking nightshade
French names:
jusquiame noire
Spanish names:
abeleñoadamantaaveniñosbelaño negrobelesabeleñobeleño negrobeninosbeniñosbenjíbininoscarapuchetescañamones locosdormideragarbancillo locohierba locaniñostabaco bordetomalocosveleñoveleño negroveliñoveninaveñiñayerba loca
Italian names:
giusquiamo nero
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
100 Pcs.


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5 of 5 stars
by dable on 1/4/05

hab die erfahrung gemacht, dass es in freier rund 3 mal so hoch wird als wenn es nach der vorzucht im topf bleibt

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