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Mandrake is a poisonous plant whose humanoid-shaped roots have many magical properties. The necropolis of Fen Carn is said to have an unusually large "population" of female mandrake plants. Notable among mandrake's many alchemical uses is its use in the potion that maintain's the longevity of sorcerers, preventing further ageing (but not restoring lost youth).[1]

Encyclopaedia Maxima Mundi entry Edit

Mandrake, or Love Apple, is a class of plant from the Mandragora or nightshade family, a group including herbaceous, stemless plants with parsnip-like roots, in which a similarity to the human form may be observed; the leaves are arranged in a rosette. M.autumnalis or officinalis, is cultivated on a small scale in Vicovaro, Rowan and Ymlac, rarely found in the wild. Its berries, which are green and later turn yellow, are eaten with vinegar and pepper, while its leaves are consumed raw. The root of the m., which is a valued ingredient in medicine and herb lore, long ago had great import in superstitions, particularly among the Nordlings; human effigies (called alruniks or alrunes) were carved from it and kept in homes as revered talismans. They were believed to offer protection from illnesses, to bring good fortune during trials, and to ensure fertility and uncomplicated births. The effigies were clad in dresses which were changed at each new moon. M. roots were bought and sold, with prices reaching as much as sixty florins. Bryony roots (q.v.) were used as substitutes. According to superstition, m. was used for making spells, magical philtres and poisons. This belief returned during the period of the witch hunts. The charge of the criminal use of m. was made, for example, during the trial of Lucretia Vigo (q.v) . The legendary Philippa Alhard (q.v) was also said to have used m. as a poison.

Effenberg and Talbot, Encyclopaedia Maxima Mundi,
Volume IX

— pg(s). 103, Baptism of Fire (UK edition)

The Witcher (PC) Edit

The root of the mandrake plant is poisonous, but exhibits magical properties.

Source Edit

  • After completing the Daily Bread quest, Geralt can give any meat food to the "Elf" NPCs in and around the cave. Any Elf inside the cave at night will unlock Han and Mandrake root in return. The Elf who stays outside of the cave even at night will give entries for Honeysuckle and Bryonia instead.
  • Ritual Plants

Notes Edit

The Witcher: Versus Edit

Players can now pay "real world" money to buy mandrake (Mandrake versus), which can be used within the game to buy alchemical items like potions, etc. Players who participate in special Versus events can also win mandrake.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Edit

While this plant grows wild and is quite abundant, it can also be purchased. Merchants who sell white myrtle include:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Edit

Mandrake root does grow but only in some places. This ingredient is used in the following formulae:

Notes & references Edit

  1. Chapter 9 of Season of Storms

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