Friday, July 16, 2010

Enchanter's nightshade

Sparkling like a string of pearls in the sun dappled shade of the forest, Enchanter's Nightshade certainly enchanted me.

The ever so tiny flowers are one of the only two petaled flowers in the world. The plant fruits into the sticker type seed shown and so is easily dispersed.

The name comes from Circe of Greek mythology and the Odyssey. Circe was a lesser Goddess who used a potion to drug Odysseus' men and turn them all into pigs. Odysseus fought back with a potion of his own, the men were turned back into men, and  everyone spent a year eating and drinking to celebrate. They don't make potions like that anymore!


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