Plants will begin shipping on March 17, 2019!

Mandrake, officinalis (Mandragora officinalis) potted plant, organic

$13.00

Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae )

Hardy to Zones 6 to 10

(Mandragora officinarum) Perennial.  Native to southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean.  Rare. Traditional usage (TWM): fertility, aphrodisiac, a magical totem, relieve pain, promote sleep.  Source of tropane alkaloids–do not ingest.   Plant prefers alkaline pH—deep, sandy soils, dry, in the part-shade.  The plant begins its vegetative cycle in the midwinter, flowers in the spring, fruits, and goes quickly dormant in the summer, then re-sprouts from beneath the callus in fall or spring.  Keep crowns in perfect drainage.  I plant mine in deep sand mulch on the shady side of rocks. Flower color is variable, some plants making vibrant purple flowers, others flowering like washed-out lavender.  Flower to 16 inches, giving way to green, apple-like fruits that eventually turn yellowish and soft before harvest.  The smell is exquisite.

Potted plant certified organically grown

 

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  1. Rebecca Winfrey

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    Rebecca Winfrey

    When will these be in stock again?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      we have plenty of mandrake plants in production, we will enable ordering soon, and we will begin shipping to the warmer states March 15 2019

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    cgraceduncan

    Will you have any available for the Fall shipping, or would Spring be a better time? Thanks! Love the book, thanks for signing it!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi! We’ll have mandrake plants in the spring. The plants are currently dormant, and unlike most plants, do not do well when transplanted in dormancy, it is better to work with growing plants in the early spring. Please check back then. Richo

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  3. Shannon

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    Shannon

    When will you have more of these plants? Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Shannon,
      I am going to have a large number of seedling Mandragora officinalis this year (spring 2018). Stay tuned, I want them to be large enough to withstand the rigors of travel and transplant before listing. The price will be cheaper because the plants will be younger.
      Richo

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    • Shannon

      Shannon

      Thank you very much. I just bought some plants today but will wait also for the white Mandrake plants. By the way, you have a lovely business and your seed and plant collection/stock is beautiful. Very unique as I cannot find many plants you have anywhere else. I think you also might be the only online store that sells Mandrake plants consistently. Keep it up. 🙂

      Hugs and Blessings!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Shannon,
      Thanks for the encouragement, we have been experimenting with growing rare plants for some years now. Just when you think you know how to have success every time, a new challenge comes up. I guess thats why they’re rare… Richo

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    • Mary

      Mary

      Are you already sold out for the season or will more be posted later?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Please do stay tuned, we have ongoing populations of these that will be offered for sale from time to time. r

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