Flower of the month | January | Mandragora officinarum

If you walk along countryside tracks or through barren fields at this time of the year you will probably notice the large flowers of Mandragora officinarum or Mandrake. The flowers are mainly purple to violet but can also be found in white. The plant can grow to huge dimensions.

Mandragora officinarum

A mandrake flower

Mandragora officinarum

A huge plant (80cm in diameter) near Agia Triada, Akrotiri

The poisonous (and strongly hallucinogenic) plant has always been associated with a variety of superstitious beliefs and practices.

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2 Responses to Flower of the month | January | Mandragora officinarum

  1. Dee says:

    This isn’t Officinarum but Autumnalis.
    ciao

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