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Mandragora (Mandrake)

Mandrake is native of southern Europe and named for the resemblance of the root stock to a human body. It makes a stemless herbaceous perennial with long ovate leaves and sessile, purple or greenish-yellow flowers in the center, which are followed by an oblong greenish berry. Plants are usually summer dormant and start new leaf growth in autumn.
Sow flat in any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. Transplant young plants to the open ground after two years. Keep pots outside in a sheltered spot during winter.
Note: All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested !
All are USDA Climate Zone 7.
10 seeds per package.
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Mandragora officinarum var. autumnalis (Autumn-flowering Mandrake)

Mandragora officinarum var. autumnalis (Autumn-flowering Mandrake)

10 (20)cm, Autumn-flowering Mandrake is a perennial, summer dormant herb with a thick, branched rootstock and a basal rosette of large, elongated, wrinkled, dark green leaves. The whitish green to dull blue upwards facing flowers are bell shaped and born in the center of the rosette. The round, ripe fruits are yellow. For any rich, well drained, deep soil in a sunny to partially shaded spot. This autumn flowering variety is hardier than the spring flowering one. Seeds from a wild collection in Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain. IX-X.
10 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package1401 € 4,99
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Mandragora officinarum var. officinarum (Spring-flowering Mandrake)

Mandragora officinarum var. officinarum (Spring-flowering Mandrake)

10 (20)cm, Spring-flowering Mandrake is a perennial summer dormant herb with a thick, branched rootstock and a basal rosette of large, elongated, wrinkled, dark green leaves. The whitish green to dull blue upwards facing flowers are bell shaped and born in the center of the rosette. The round, ripe fruits are turning greenish-yellow. This batch of seeds is from a spring flowering variety which has proved much hardier than other clones and it is fully winter hardy in Central Europe. Seeds from the spring-flowering mandrake (Mandragora officinarum var. officinarum) are almost three times the size than those from the autumn-flowering subspecies (Mandragora officinarum var. autumnalis) and each golfball-sized (!) fruit contains very few seeds only. Seed is always extremely scarce. For any rich, well drained, deep soil in full sun. IV-V.
10 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package (10 seeds)7129 € 7,99