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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 34.1 October 2022

The dark world of Henbane

By - Peter Marren

Henbane has long been a source of fascination in the realms of medicine, religion and science, and in this article Peter Marren describes the history of Henbane in Britain, how its poisonous properties have been used since the fourth millennium BCE, and its occurrence in Britain today.

Henbane Hyoscyamus niger is a favourite plant of mine. I love its shaggy beauty, its sinister, some might say menacing, parchment-yellow, purple-veined flowers with their ‘evil’ purple eye, flaring like corpse-coloured trumpets. Add to that the grey-green cast of its dense, notched leaves; and its musty smell, like body odour, some say, or a rotting fish.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist