Description: Mandragora autumnalis is a perennial herb with thick tuberous roots native to Southern Europe. Mandrake roots contain the alkaloid hyoscymine that is used for motion sickness and as a preoperative anesthetic. In early times Mandrake had magical properties ascribed to it because the roots sometimes have humanlike form. 2
Uses: Mandrake has had many reputed medicinal qualities but most of them have been dispelled. Ingestion of sufficient quantities of Mandragora are often fatal.
Culture: It likes a light, deep soil, as the roots run far down. They will do poorly in a soil that is chalky or excessively gravelly. If the soil is too wet in winter, the roots will rot. It is propagated from seeds which should be sown in deep flats or, better, singly in pots. These should be kept well-watered and when they reach a good size they should be carefully set out at least 2 feet apart.
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 200201829
Source: Matt Opel ex Horizon Herbs (seed)
Provenance: Plant grown from seed (labelled Mandragora officinalis). Later determined by Matt Opel to be Mandragora autumnalis (most likely) due to fall blooming and purple flowers. Name changed 22DEC2011 by CMORSE.
Accession Date: 07-03-2002
Bench: 2101 - MED:Mediterranean A
Currently: going dormant
Qty: 2 confirmed on 04-26-2017
Poisonous Plant Parts - Not for Human Consumption Mandrake posesses high content of the alkaloids scopolamine, mandragorin, and hyosciamine.