Mandrake (Mandragora Officinarum) is a member of the nightshade family most notable for its use in witchcraft and its mention in the Harry Potter novel series. Mandrake has a rich folklore that dates back to biblical times. Like other nightshades such as belladonna, brugmansia, datura and henbane, mandrake contains highly toxic tropane alkaloids that can cause complete delirium, vomiting and death. Mandrake is an interesting plant that enjoys the cold weather and forms a huge taproot. Fresh roots sell for impressive amounts of money, although dried roots are fairly inexpensive. Mandrake seeds have a reputation for being stubborn germinators. In general, nightshade plants frequently have this trait. When it comes to Mandrake germination, the process is entirely predicated on temperature fluctuations. The seasonal temperature fluctuations trigger the seeds to germinate. It is common for species of the Northern Hemisphere to germinate based on a rise from cool temps to warmer temps We have actually had seed planted in the spring germinate in the fall or even the following spring.
We have seed collected in Greece that is said to be primarily white-flowered, but with some violet and deep purple ecotypes in the mix. These seeds are a bit smaller than mandragora seeds we have gotten from Israel. They are also darker due to being dried in the fruit before collecting.
WARNING: ALL PARTS OF THE PLANT, INCLUDING THE SEEDS, ARE VERY POISONOUS. DO NOT INGEST. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN OR PETS.
Growing Information: https://www.worldseedsupply.com/tag/mandrake-growing-instructions/
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