Podophyllum Peltatum

Common names:

'American Mandrake'
'May Apple'

Much European lore surrounds the mandrake due to the human shape of its root, however, in North America the plant referred to as mandrake is related to Barberry and is also known as 'May Apple'. The roots of this plans are used to give power to all manner of magic. For wealth, its roots are wrapped in money. For visions, it is brewed and applied topically to one's forehead, or else placed in a red felt bag beneath one's pillow for prophetic dreams. Mandrake can be used to influence and control others; whereas the European root was used as a poppet --a precursor to the modern Voodoo doll-- today dolls are commonly sewn of fabric and filled with May Apple root chips.

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