MANDRAGORA AUTUMNALIS (MANDRAKE)

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MANDRAGORA AUTUMNALIS (MANDRAKE)

$6.70 / packet

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Description

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 autumn, and the other, Mandragorum officinalis in the spring. 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!

Sowing Advice

Sow seeds IMMEDIATELY you receive them, at any time of the year, they depend on having several months, sometimes up to a year in cold, damp compost, (NOT DRY IN A FRIDGE) before they will germinate. Keep the seed tray moist in a cold greenhouse or shady corner and do not discard. These fresh seeds can be very slow to germinate but do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism causing them to enter even deeper dormancy.

Key Facts

Family:Solanaceae

Classification:Hardy perennial

Height:20-30cm

Packet Content: 5 (Approx)

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