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Mandrake, Turkmenian (Mandragora turcomanica), potted plant, organic

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Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)

Hardy to Zones 6 to 10

(Turkmenian Mandrake) Perennial.  Native to the Kopet Dag mountains of Afghanistan. Extremely rare and possibly extirpated in the wild. 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 violet.  Flower to 16 inches, giving way to green, apple-like fruits that eventually turn orange and soft before harvest.  The smell is exquisite.  Space plants 3 feet apart

potted seedling plant in a 3-inch pot, Certified Organically Grown



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  1. falxifer1

    Prepare to be enchanted!


    This gender-fluid Turkish Mandrake (neither male-Officinalis nor female-Autumnalis) that i purchased here from Strictly Medicinal Seeds IS extraordinary. As it transcends all boundaries of gender it captivates all who behold its presence. A very rare and enigmatic botanical wonder i have found no where but here at Strictly Medicinal Seeds. As my recently purchased Turkish Mandrake effortlessly shifts from summers supernatural foliage to its deep “Sleeping Beauty” like dormancy for winter, i am reminded that patience and reverence are essential when tending to this and all mandrakes as they demand a close and rewarding relationship with their caretaker.

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