Wordless Wednesday – “Mandrake, or Mandragora, is a powerful restorative.” … “Excellent. Ten points to Gryffindor.” *

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Mandragora autumnalis in flower at Cambridge Botanical Gardens, 24/02/2021

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The mandrake was moved a couple of years ago to its new location, with the Solanaceae family, in the Systematic Beds (click through to see the move and root here)

* From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (by J K Rowling)

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Ron repotting a Mandrake in their Herbology class (from the film of HP and The Chamber of Secrets)

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8 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – “Mandrake, or Mandragora, is a powerful restorative.” … “Excellent. Ten points to Gryffindor.” *

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve neither read nor seen anything related to Harry Potter (save for what pops up online), but I thought immediately of John Donne’s poem, “Song.” Here’s the first stanza:

    “Go and catch a falling star,
    Get with child a mandrake root,
    Tell me where all past years are,
    Or who cleft the devil’s foot,
    Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
    Or to keep off envy’s stinging,
    And find
    What wind
    Serves to advance an honest mind.”

  2. OH BRILLIANT, I love that Harry Potter scene. So funny. So this is the real plant! Did it bite you? Also, do you know where they come from, maybe South America if it’s in the Solanaceae family?

  3. I saw a mandrake once on a Rocky headland on a Greek island and have never forgotten it.

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