Plants ordered now will ship Spring 2020.

Mandrake, officinarum (Mandragora officinarum) potted plant, organic

$13.00

Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae )

Hardy to Zones 6 to 10

(Mandragora officinalis) 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. Question

    Caroline Claverhouse-Orlowski

    Hi Beautiful Ones, can the Mandrake be shipped to Australia? If so, please put me on the wait list! Bright Blessings – Caroline

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Caroline,
      We cannot ship plants internationally. I wish we could. Governments are getting increasingly strict on importation of botanicals. It may be that Australia, that like the EU, will enact requirements for phytosanitary certificates, in which case we won’t even be able to send the seeds to australia. My advice is to stock up on seeds while you can.
      Richo

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    Phoebe

    Hello I was wondering on when there will be more of the mandrake officinarum

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Phoebe,
      I can scare up a few. Please feel free to order.
      Richo

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  3. Question

    Stephani Patrick

    How do I take care of this plant at this time of year? Should I grow it indoors or go ahead and plant it outdoors? Will it do well in a container or is it best in the ground?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      These are nursery grown and not outdoor acclimatized. I suggest planting to a gallon of fast-draining mix (the directions to do that come with the shipment) and growing out for a year before transplanting out to the shade garden. A cold greenhouse is best, but if there is no other choice, a sunny windowsill may work to overwinter.

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    • smcpatrick

      Thank you very much for your advice and for the link to the growing blog. I really want to take god care of this plant. I’ve also got Belladonna atropa on the way too. Perhaps I should build a greenhouse and try to acclimate these plants in the spring. I live in Spring, TX (just outside of Houston). It doesn’t get super cold but it does get chilly and we get the occasional short freeze.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, a greenhouse is exceptional for overwintering of young and tender potted plants. Even unheated, the warmth and protection of just one layer of glass or plastic can make all the difference.

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  4. Question

    casey lucas

    So i see it says hardy from zone 6 to 10 i live in northern kentucky zone 6a. Does this mean u can plant it outside?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Casey,
      Yes, and working up the seedling to sufficient size before transplant as well as attention to microsite preparation will spell success. Make sure to click on the “waitlist” for this plant, I will be distributing a large number of these before winter hits. Meanwhile check this blog https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/growing-mandrake-beyond-the-basics/
      Richo

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    • Geraldine Erb

      I would like to acquire one or two of these plants.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Geraldine,
      OK, these have been updated so that you can order. Unless special arrangements are made, delivery starts March 15th. If you want to further correspond with us, please use the “CONTACT US” form on our homepage.
      Richo

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  5. Question

    Kimberlie

    Hi there!
    Are the Mandragora officinarum available Sept 9th as well?!
    Thankyou kindly,
    K

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kimberlie,
      Sorry, not really, we have a backlog of orders on these, waiting for the potted roots to send up aerial parts. Do click the “Wait List” option, I will be enabling these in the spring, we will have many at that time.
      Richo

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  6. Question

    Seamus Black

    Is it too late to reserve a couple of these?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Seamus,
      I’ll endeavor to e-mail you when we have potted mandrake plants in stock again.
      Richo

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    • nefarious_black

      Thanks, Richo!

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    Michelle Barton

    hi – can you ship these to Australia?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      No, plants ship inside the USA only.

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    • Joanne Misha

      Can you plant them in containers?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, these are fine in containerized culture, I have very old ones still in pots. I have a nice “autumnalis” in a pot, currently in flower.

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  8. Question

    Stacia Baiocchi

    I am very interested in purchasing two of your mandrake when they become available. Please put me on your wait list. Thank you in advance

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Stacia,
      OK, I’ll try to notify you. I do recommend choosing the “wait list” button on the mandrake page. Then, you are automatically notified when I enable the product.
      Richo

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  9. Question

    Carlo B Rainone

    I would love to be added to your list for this plant. Are you still adding folks at this point? 🙂

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      OK, you’re on the wait list. richo

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    • Shanta Kamath

      How do I get on a wait list? I would like to buy a mandrake plant when more are ready.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Shanta,
      OK, you’re now on the list. By the way, I enabled 6 lovely Mandragora autumnalis yesterday, you might still be able to get one of those.
      Richo

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    • Ma. Esther Cardenas

      I want a mandragora plant how do I get on a wait list.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Ma. Esther, Use the “add to wishlist” button, where it says “Join the waitlist to be emailed when this product becomes available” Richo

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    Phoebe Lukowski

    Please let me know when these become available I would love to buy one of them

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Phoebe,
      OK, You’re on the list!
      Richo

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    • Kelsey Pipkin

      I’d love to be added to the waitlist:)

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      OK, good, you’re on it. We had 6 plants in a large population of potted plants start making very vigorous aerial parts and these were shipped, so there is completion for those folks and also hope for people with backordered plants. I’ll e-mail you when all the backorders are fulfilled.
      Richo

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    • John James

      I would also like to be added. Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      No problem, you’re now on the list.
      Richo

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    • Isaac

      Please add me to the waitlist for mandrake plants. Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      OK, we shipped 6 of these this week so there is hope.

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    • conleymo

      I would also like to be added to the waitlist, please: I understand it’s unlikely, and appreciate it!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi, No problem, you’re on the list!
      Richo

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  11. Question

    Kim

    Do you know when you will have mandrake and black henbane plants back in?

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      Richo Cech

      yes, we will endeavor to e-mail you.

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    • Brian Simmons

      Is there any way to be notified when you have anymore potted mandragora o. Or a.?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Brian,
      On 4/22/2019 every potted mandrake we have with respectable aerial parts has been distributed. We do have flats of dormant potted plants (basically roots in pots) and will shoot you an e-mail when they become aerial.
      Richo

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    • Ashley

      Hi! Please email me as well!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      OK, will do!

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    • Rebecca

      Add me to the list also, please!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      OK, you got it.

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  12. Question

    Julie Carlson

    Will this be back in stock this year? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      tricksy little things, they grow up, look good, then go dormant unpredictably. we will continue to enable plants as they look good. we are not particularly keen on selling dormant mandrake roots, they often fail to satisfy.

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    • julie_carlson

      Hi Richo, thank you. It means a lot that there is such a great level of attention to the plants well being. Is there any sort of wait list or pre-purchase option? I do have some seeds for both the black and white varieties, but my understanding is that even with the best of care germination often fails.

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Julie actually my pleasure. Here’s a blog that gives some good tips on starting mandrake from seeds https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/growing-mandrake-beyond-the-basics/
      I’ll try to e-mail you when we have good looking plants.
      Richo

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    • Fox

      Have you shipped your March 17 2019 orders yet or are plants still dormant.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Fox,
      The Mandragora officinarum looked great we put them on the website and then went dormant just prior to shipping. Some people got plants, the rest were backordered, we don’t want to send out dormant mandrake plants, it just doesn’t make peoiple happy. Probably your order was backordered. You can call (541) 846-6704 to get an update. The Autumn mandrakes were fine, these started shipping already.
      Richo

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    Rebecca

    Are Mandrakes going to be available this year?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Rebecca,
      I have a couple hundred of the Mandragora officinalis but they are all going dormant which is pretty typical. I’m going to see how potted sales shake down. Check back mid-april, we’re going to reassess, see how many plants are aerial, and offer again if possible.
      Richo

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    • Jennifer Allen

      I am also interested. Will check back mid-April

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      80% of my mandragora officinalis seedlings in early March 2019 have gone dormant, a pity because shipping starts soon and I’d much rather ship them with leaves. I do think there will be ongoing availability. As plants come into the leafy stage and start to look good we will sell them.
      Richo

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    Katie

    Can you ship live mandrake plants to Canada?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      we cannot ship any plants or roots to Canada, only books and seeds.

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    Alyssa

    Hello will these be back in stock anytime soon?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Quite possibly yes. We’ll see how it all shakes out in the spring and will e-mail you if there are extras. I have a flat of nice seedlings I want to pot up before they go dormant again… richo

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    • Layla Schubert

      I am interested as well in either white or black mandrake plants. How do I get on a list?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Layla,
      I’ll try to let you know when they come back in stock but do stay in touch.
      Richo

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  16. Question

    stela

    Hello I have tried to place an order to your site from Greece. Do you ship in Greece? Because I have not managed to place an order

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello, We ship seeds internationally and plants inside the USA only. That is why you cannot order a mandrake plant from Greece. Feel free to try the seeds,
      Richo

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    stavroula

    can you please define the country of origin?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      United States

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  18. Question

    Rebecca Winfrey

    When will these be in stock again?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin 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

      Admin 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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    Shannon

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

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin 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

      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

      Admin 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

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

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin 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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    • Marie

      Would either of the mandrake plants do ok in a pot?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, Mandrakes are relatively dependable in pots, I have individuals of both species that have been in pots for years. One even fruited this year. Richo

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    • Spencer Damon

      Hello, I would like to be added to the waiting list as well please.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      OK, you’re on it!

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