Black henbane is an annual or biennial plant that grows up to 3 feet tall. The stems and leaves are covered with greasy hairs. Shallow lobed leaves are up to 8 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Flowers are showy, 5 lobed, up to 2 inches across, black and white in color with distinct veins.

The calyx forms a 1-inch, urn-shaped “fruit” that has a thickened lid that pops off at maturity and spills the black seeds. Black henbane has very distinct skeletons with the urn shaped fruit filled with seeds still attached.bh2

black henbane flower