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
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.
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