Mandrake (aka Autumn mandrake, or Devils Candle) Perennial
Hardiness: to 0° F
Native to Europe.
One of the most choice of all true Mandrake species, with easier germination and growth than "officinalis." Flowers purple to 12 inches tall, giving way to fruits of yellow and orange.
Sow in spring. Germ within 30 days at 70 degrees F.
The ancients used Mandrake root as a fertility herb, an aphrodisiac, a magical totem, and as a medicinal to relieve pain or promote sleep. It was also known to cause strange delirium and madness. The leaves are harmless and cooling when used as a poultice, and I also consider the fruits to be harmless and tasty, but the root is a low-dose botanical that should be approached with caution.
Plant prefers alkaline pH-deep, sandy soils. Autumnalis does fine in the moist shade. Flowers are amazing.