13 Autumn Mandrake seeds, Mandragora autuminalis, Ore
Hardy to Zones 6 to 10.
Herbaceous perennial, native to the Mediterranean areas of Southern Europe. Flowers are violet to purple, plant up to 12 inches tall, bearing yellow and orange fruits . Traditional usage includes: fertility, aphrodisiac, pain relief, promoting sleep, and as a magical totem.
Source of alkaloids–not for internal use. Alkaloids present included hyoscyamine, hyoscine, cuscohygrine, apoatropine, 3-alpha-tigloyloxytropane, 3-alpha,6-beta-ditigloyloxytropane and belladonnine. Non-alkaloid constituents included sitosterol and beta-methylesculetin (scopoletin). Tropane alkaloids are known to be effective as analgesics and anaesthetics, and can be used to increase circulation and dilate pupils. Often favored by witches.
The plant prefers an alkaline pH and deeply sandy soil. Autumnalis tends to flower in the autumn, as opposed to the winter-flowering types.
13 seeds/pkt, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s