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Mandrake

Mandragora spp.

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some purple Mandragora flowers on a plant
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Mandrake Overview

Mandragora is a small genus of between 3-5 species of herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the nightshade family, Solanaceae native to the Mediterranean and Asia. They have large fleshy sometimes divided, disturbingly human torso-like taproots, rosettes of broad leaves and stemless flowers usually in shades of white to violet followed by yellow or orange berries. All members of this genus contain high levels of alkaloids and are toxic if ingested. They are cultivated as curiosities for their unusual low growth habit and upright bell-shaped flowers.

How to propagate Mandrake

Cuttings

Root cuttings in winter.

Seed

Sow seed when ripe or in autumn.

Special features of Mandrake

Attractive flowers