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A plant of Mandrake represented on Tutankhamun's throne could be a mandrake (Hepper 1990) but as this plant was not native to Egypt, it would have had to be cultivated there.
There is also a long tradition, dating back to the Middle Ages, of identifying with mandrake a plant cited in the Bible, under the name of dudaim. Leah, Jacob's first wife, had stopped bearing children. Ruben, their eldest son, brings duda'îm to his mother. Rachel, sister of Leah, second wife and Jacob's favorite, asks her sister to give them to her. She only agrees in exchange for spending the night with Jacob, to which Rachel agrees.

Leah would conceive that night and later give birth to Issachar, saying, “God has given me my wages.”
In ancient times: Greek doctors prescribed mandrake against melancholy and depression.
Theophrastus in the 4th century BC. BC reports that the root treats skin diseases and gout and that the leaves are effective in treating wounds. It also had sedative properties. Cautiously, Dioscorides warns against the toxicity of the plant.
Theophrastus tells us that when picking it is necessary to “trace around the Mandrake three circles with a sword, cut while looking to the east, dance around each other and say as many dirty words as possible." Thus the circle drawn around the plant creates a magically enclosed space, enclosing the plant and allowing the magician to make himself master of it. As a magical plant, mandrake is called kirkaia, in reference to the sorceress Circe. Astrologers have attributed the mandrake to the sign of Cancer (karkinos) which governs the human body from the chest to the stomach. As a result, it controls the spleen, the organ responsible for attacks of melancholy.

In the Middle Ages, The ritual of pulling out the mandrake changed from the beginning of the Middle Ages. The plant collector must now free the root, tie it to a dog and lure the animal away or risk certain death. Precautions when picking are also stated. Whoever pulls out the mandrake without precaution, if he does not go crazy upon hearing the screams of the plant, will be pursued by its curse...According to the various writings describing the rituals, we know that they took place on nights in the middle of the night. moon.

THE Mandrakes which grew at the foot of the gibbets would be fertilized by the sperm of the hanged, bringing them vitality, but those on the places of torture or cremation also did the job perfectly. The root became magical after washing, maceration and maturation in a shroud; it represented the outline of man, “little planted man” or homunculus. Thus pampered, she remained eternally faithful to her master and provided her owner with prodigious prosperity, abundance of goods, and fertility. It was sold very expensively due to the risk of picking, especially since the form was human, preferably sexualized by the presence of judiciously arranged tufts.
A very widespread belief in the 16th and 17th centuries was that witches coated their bodies with an ointment before flying into the air to go to the Sabbath. From this time, a Spanish doctor and humanist, Andrés Laguna, came to the conclusion that everything the witches believed they were doing was the result of taking narcotic substances. Made with “last degree cold and soporific herbs, such as hemlock, sleeping nightshade, henbane and mandrake”. Mandrake is also used in certain rituals of the voodoo cult.

We say that:
- A whole Mandrake root placed on the fireplace in the house will bring it protection, fertility and prosperity.
- The Mandrake is also suspended above the headboard to protect those who sleep there during their sleep, it is worn on oneself to attract love, and to protect oneself against illness. Where there is a Mandrake, demons cannot dwell there, so the root is used for exorcisms.
- To "activate" the powers of a dried Mandrake root, place it in an elevated place in the house and leave it in a place where it will not be disturbed for 3 days. Then put it in hot water where you
leave it overnight. After this the root is activated and can be used in any magical practice. The water in which the root has bathed can be sprinkled on the doors and windows of the house to protect it, or on people to purify them.
- says that money placed next to a Mandrake root (and especially silver coins) is doubled. Finally, the Mandrake has also long been used as a magical doll, but its great rarity and high cost often force mages and witches to use substitutes (bryone root, ash root, apples, etc.).
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Expédition courant Avril à fin Octobre.
Pot de 7x7cm
Les plantes peuvent être expédiées avec ou sans feuilles en fonction de la période de l'année. Les feuilles des mandragores poussent puis tombent puis repoussent puis retombent. Une Mandragore peut ne pas faire de feuilles pendant plusieurs mois! Elle n'est pas morte pour autant :) Il est possible que pendant le transport, à cause du stress, les feuilles jaunissent. Dès reception, mettez là dans un endroit calme et ne sur arrosez pas! Les feuilles réapparaitront une fois la période de stress terminée (ce qui peut parfois être long = plusieurs mois)... Tant que la racine n'est pas molle la mandragore est vivante.

Comment la cultiver?

Ne surarrosez pas au risque de faire pourrir la racine. mieux vaut un manque d'arrosage qu'un sur arrosage.

- Terre: riche en minéraux, bien drainer le fond. En extérieur, retourné et aérer la terre avant de la planter- Exposition : mi ombre et ombre quand il fait chaud!

- Humidité : arroser lorsque les feuilles commencent à se courber. Hiver, repos végétatif, ne pas arroser.

- Rusticité/température: jusqu’à -5°C / entre 16 et 26°C.

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