"I just wanted to share with you this photograph of a few of my two-year mature mandrake whole roots which I have taken up from my garden from a few of my mandrake plants. I am currently working on making myself a poppet doll with one of the roots and have a large number of other plants coming close to three years old."
I'm very impressed! Mandrake is one of the plants most closely associated with witchcraft and magic, and the roots have been used for many things including poppet-making as well as a traditional ingredient in flying ointment. It famously has the reputation of having a lethal scream when pulled from the ground. However, according to the new book Witch's Garden, this was merely "a story put about by professional root-cutters worried about losing business."
I'm delighted to see the photo of mandrake roots safely harvested, and hope Matt's poppets are a great success.
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The photo at the top is copyright Matt Xai Malachi Porter.
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