MANDRAGORA OFFICINARUM (MANDRAKE)
Although the rare "Mandrake" was once considered an aphrodisiac, all parts of it, especially the large, yellow, tomato-like fruits which follow the brown and yellow flowers, must be treated as poisonous. There are two forms or species, this one which flowers in the spring, and the other, Mandragorum autumnalis, in the autumn. A large number of halucinogenic and pharmaceutical chemicals are derived from this ancient plant, and although many flowers open, very few ever produce any viable fruits at all, hence the regrettably high price. Traditionally, a dog pulled up the man-like roots and their scream reputedly killed all who heard it!
For best results, sow seeds early (December to early February) in a cool place onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. Don't over-water. These seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate, and as a rule they wait for spring before emerging whenever they are sown. They also need to be protected from snails. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan, no matter how long it takes for germination to occur.
Packet Content:4 (Approx)