Common eyebright

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Euphrasia nemorosa (Pers.) Wallr.

Common name(s): common eyebright, eyebright

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile , NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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-oval, sharply toothed leaves

-low growing

-partially parasitic

  • specialized roots to penetrate host roots

-20 different species and 60 hybrids

-may be confused with the similar non-native E. stricta; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-anthropogenic disturbed areas




Natural History:

-has been used in herbal medicine treating

  • respiratory issues
  • allergies
  • eye ailments


Go Botany. “Euphrasia Nemorosa (Pers.) Wallr.” Euphrasia Nemorosa (Common Eyebright): Go Botany, 2020,

The Wildlife Trusts. “Eyebright.” The Wildlife Trusts,