White Henbane Plant

$ 20.00

These are white henbane (Hyoscyamus albus) plants I grew myself from seeds I collected. Some of the flowers are pure creamy white, and some have a dark purple inner tube. Both types of flowers can appear on these plants. I have several seedlings planted in each pot so they will grow nice and stocky for you and produce plenty of flowers and pods; other plants don't like crowding, but henbane has fibrous roots and doesn't mind at all. These are in 4" pots and are about 4" tall. They should be potted up to a 6" pot when they put on a few more inches. White henbane tends to be a smaller plant than black henbane and is much more hairy. It gets about 2 feet tall. 

This species is more commonly grown around the Mediterranean than black henbane and so is a good choice if you are working paths originating in Italy, Greece, Crete (some consider that this was the henbane whose seeds were allegedly burned at the Oracle of Delphi). It was the type of henbane that was grown in Europe for medicinal use; it has less alkaloids than the black version, which is why it was often chosen for medicine. It is an annual, so you should collect seeds from the ripe pods when they turn brown to plant next year. Or if you transplant it to outside, look for self-seeded seedlings next spring. 

Henbane needs good sunlight. Inside you can grow them under common fluorescent lights kept and inch or so from the tops of the leaves. Higher-powered lights should be kept farther back to protect from leaf burn. I water with a liquid kelp solution diluted to the bottle directions if they are inside, and if they are outside, I use liquid kelp in a sprayer and water the undersides of the leaves before ten am once a week. Too much fertilizer will make leaves susceptible to insects.

In case of attack by bugs, try spinosad spray, which you can buy in concentrate form and dilute and then spray the underside of the leaves in the evening, so as to avoid harming bees. But bees don't normally visit henbane anyway. 

Can only be shipped to the Continental US. Buy four for the same shipping as for one.

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