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Mandrake, officinarum (Mandragora officinarum) potted plant, organic

(43 customer reviews)

$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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