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Christabelle Whittle

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PostSubject: Wizarding Plants   Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:10 am

Abyssinian Shrivelfig

Harry's class were taught how to prune these plants in a second-year Herbology class, where they removed withered stalks and put them on the compost heap [COS15]. Shrivelfigs are also an ingredient of Shrinking Solution, which Snape used to turn Neville's toad into a tadpole [POA7].


Eating the leaves of this plant causes hysteria. The Glumbumble produces a fluid that acts as an antidote for this effect, however [FB].

Bouncing Bulb

A type of magical bulb that Harry's class once re-potted in a fourth-year Herbology class. One bulb wriggled out of Harry's hands and hit him in the face. The Hufflepuffs, who the Gryffindors shared their Herbology lessons with, laughed unpleasantly because they were upset that Harry had managed to get into the Triwizard tournament [GOF18].


Harry thought these were the ugliest plants he'd ever seen. They look like thick black giant slugs. They squirm slightly, and are covered in big shiny boils, which have to be squeezed. This releases the contents, a thick yellowy-green liquid that smells of petrol [GOF13]. If undiluted pus comes into contact with the skin, it causes vast numbers of large yellow sores to appear [GOF28]. In its diluted form it is an excellent treatment for acne, however [GOF13].

Chinese Chomping Cabbage

Hermione copied out a diagram of this, when she was in the library with Ron and Harry looking up potion ingredients [OOTP16].

Devil's Snare

This is a plant with long creepers and snake-like tendrils that are used to trap animal prey, which is presumably then consumed in the same way a Venus Fly-Trap digests insects. Devils Snare detects the presence of prey when it is touched, and immediately sends out tendrils to trap it. The more the victim attempts to struggle, the faster the tendrils wrap round them [PS/SS16]. The plant is attracted to dark, damp conditions, and light and warmth can be used to make it release any trapped prey. First-years are taught about this plant in Herbology lessons, which came in useful for Ron and Harry, as Hermione remembered how to stop it attacking them when they went through the trapdoor to try to rescue the Philosopher's Stone. Devil's Snare is similar in appearance to the Flitterbloom, so much so that when Broderick Bode was given a pot plant when he was in hospital, it was assumed to be a Flitterbloom when it was actually Devil's Snare. Bode was strangled by the plant the moment he touched it [OOTP25].

Dirigible Plum

The Dirigible Plum is an orange radish-like plant, that Xenophilius Lovegood grows at his house near Ottery St Catchpole. They grow on bushes, and one such bush can be found on the zig-zag path leading to Xenophilius' front door. Xenophilius believes that wearing a Dirigible Plum enhances the brain's ability to accept the extraordinary, and as such he included such a fruit on the prototype headdress he had in his living room [DH20]. It may be this supposed property that also leads Luna Lovegood to wear Dirigible Pums as earrings from time to time.

Fanged Geranium

A plant that bit Harry during his Herbology OWL [OOTP31].

Flesh-Eating Tree

Hermione referred to a book called Flesh-Eating Trees of the World in a sixth-year Herbology class [HBP14]. They were studying Snargaluffs at the time, which must therefore be one type of Flesh-Eating Tree, but we can safely assume that there are others.


This plant looks like Devil's Snare, but importantly is not dangerous. When Broderick Bode was given the Devil's Snare plant that killed him whilst he was in St Mungo's Hospital, the Healer Miriam Strout thought it was a harmless Flitterbloom [OOTP23, 25].

Flutterby Bush

This is a quivering bush that the students pruned in a fourth-year Herbology class [GOF20].


A plant that appears in Magical Mediterranean Water-Plants and Their Properties [GOF35]. It looks like a bunch of slimy, greyish-green rat tails, and has an unpleasant rubbery texture, but has very useful properties. When eaten, it causes a human to grow gills, allowing them to breathe underwater, and also webs the fingers and toes to improve swimming [GOF26]. When Harry used Gillyweed for the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament, the effect lasted for around an hour, but eating greater quantities Gillyweed may make its effects last longer. Snape believed that Harry had stolen the Gillyweed from his private store cupboard, but it was actually Dobby who did that.


This is a plant that looks rather like a green onion. According to Luna Lovegood it's excellent for warding off Gulping Plimpies, although whether this is true or not (and indeed whether Gulping Plimpies actually exist or not) must be open to some doubt [HBP20].

Honking Daffodil

Professor Sprout had some Honking Daffodils during Harry's fifth year [OOTP27]. When Lavender and Parvati went to see Professor Trelawney to comfort her after she'd been sacked by Umbridge, they took her some daffoldils. Lavender didn't think Professor Sprout's Honking Daffodils were very nice, so they took normal ones.

Leaping Toadstool

These were studied in second-year Herbology classes [COS14]. Ernie Macmillan passed a bucket of them to Harry and did so politely, which was a relief for Harry, because up to this point Ernie had been showing strong signs of believing Harry was the Heir of Slytherin.


Centaurs burn this plant along with Sage in order to use shapes and symbols made by the smoke to predict the future [OOTP27].


The Mandrake is a tufty purplish-green plant - the young Mandrake is, at least. No description of the full-grown plant has been given. The above-ground parts of the Mandrake look entirely normal, but the roots are anything but. Instead of normal roots, the young Mandrake plant instead has a small, muddy and extremely ugly baby with mottled green skin, with the leaves of the plant growing directly out of its head [COS6]. Professor Sprout makes several references to Mandrakes growing up as the months pass during Harry's second year, and so it is reasonable to assume that as the plant matures, so does the underground baby. The cry of the full-grown Mandrake is fatal, and even the sound of the baby can knock a human unconscious for several hours. For this reason, Harry's class had to wear earmuffs when re-potting them at the start of the year [COS6]. The Mandrakes themselves didn't want to be re-potted and did everything in their power to prevent it, including squirming, kicking, punching and biting. The Mandrake has a number of important magical uses once it has been harvested, cut up and stewed [COS13]. It forms an essential part of most antidotes, and is also a powerful restorative, capable of returning those who have been Transfigured, cursed or petrified to their original state. Mandrake Restorative Draught was used by Madam Pomfrey to heal all the victims of the Basilisk when the Chamber of Secrets was opened in Harry's second year. The Mandrake also goes by the name of Mandragora.

Mimbulus Mimbletonia

According to Neville, this plant is very, very rare and comes from Assyria [OOTP10]. He was given one for his birthday by his Great Uncle Algie. The plant looks like a grey cactus, but it is covered in boils rather than spikes. The whole thing pulsates somewhat, and when it is prodded, the boils release a large quantity of Stinksap, which squirts in all directions [OOTP10]. The one Neville was given was a young seedling, and was small when he took it to school on the Hogwarts Express. By the end of the year it had grown a lot and had started to croon softly when it was touched [OOTP38].


Details of the Plantentine are unknown, but it can be deduced from given information that it is some sort of fruit with magical properties. Bathilda Bagshot was gathering Plangentines by moonlight at her home in Godric's Hollow one night when she first saw Ariana Dumbledore being led around the garden by her mother. Bathilda claimed she would never have known about Ariana's existence otherwise [DH11].


The Puffapod has fat pink pods filled with beans. These instantly burst into flower when dropped [POA8].


Harry's class worked with Screechsnap seedlings in a fifth-year Herbology class [OOTP25]. The lesson took place just after the mass escape of Death Eaters from Azkaban, and Susan Bones was feeling very unhappy about it, as the escapees had murdered several members of her family in the past. This distracted her from the task of putting dragon dung on the seedlings. She dumped far too much on, and the plants wriggled and squeaked in discomfort.


Harry's class studied Snargaluffs in sixth-year Herbology classes. The plant looks like a harmless gnarled stump, but when attacked, it springs to life and sends out a large number of bramble-like vines to defend itself [HBP14]. These are used to ensnare and disable its assailant. Inside the stump are a number of pods. These are about the size of a grapefruit, are green in colour, and pulsate unpleasantly. The pods are crammed full of pale-green tubers that wriggle like worms. Harry's class had to take out the pods (which is not an easy task), and burst them to get the tubers out, although the reason for doing this is not clear.


The shrivelled-looking bean of this plant is a potion ingredient, used in the Draught of Living Death, which was the first potion that Harry's NEWT Potions class made with Professor Slughorn. Harry had just been handed the Half-Blood Prince's Potions book, in which it was noted that it was better to crush the bean with the flat side of a silver dagger than to cut it. When Harry did so, it released so much juice he couldn't believe such a dry-looking bean could hold it all [HBP9].

Venomous Tentacula

Harry encountered this plant in the first Herbology lesson of his second year, which was the first time the class were allowed into Greenhouse Three, where all the interesting and dangerous plants were kept [COS6]. It is a spiky, dark red plant that has long feelers used to ensnare its prey. Professor Sprout reported that the Tentacula was teething at the time (and therefore in something of a bad mood), so it seems safe to assume that the mature plant has a full set of teeth used to devour whatever it has caught. The seeds of the plant look like shrivelled black pods and are a Class C Non-Tradeable Substance. Fred and George Weasley needed them for their Skiving Snackboxes, and had to buy them on the black market from Mundungus Fletcher [OOTP9]. A wizard called Derwent Shimpling once ate an entire Venomous Tentacula for a bet and survived, although he is now purple in hue.

Whomping Willow

This is a large and rather aggressive tree that attacks anybody and anything that comes within its reach [COS5]. A Whomping Willow was planted in the grounds of Hogwarts when Remus Lupin started to attend the school. Its purpose was to block the entrance to the secret tunnel that led to the Shrieking Shack in Hogsmeade, where Remus went to go through his monthly lycanthropic transformations [POAxx]. It is still there now, and Harry has fallen foul of it on more than one occasion: he crashed into it in a flying Ford Anglia in his second year [COS5], and it later smashed up his Nimbus 2000 broomstick when Harry fell off it during a game of Quidditch [POA10]. Hogwarts students are actually banned from going near the tree [POA10], and probably due to its violent nature, they seem to pretty much comply. The Hogwarts Whomping Willow has a knot on its trunk that, when pressed, stops the tree from attacking anything [POAxx]. It is unknown whether this is a standard feature of Whomping Willows or whether it is unique to the Hogwarts one.

Yellow Cabbage Flower

When Harry had fallen off his broom and lost the Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff Quidditch match in his third year, he was feeling rather sorry for himself in the hospital wing. Hagrid brought him some flowers that looked like yellow cabbages to cheer him up [POA10]. The Yellow Cabbage Flower is unlikely to be its real name, but there are no such plants in the Muggle world, and so whatever it is really called, it is undoubtedly a wizarding flower.
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PostSubject: Re: Wizarding Plants   Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:12 am

Another interesting fact...mandrake is an actual plant. Its used in pagan magick and other things...its highly poisonous and you should never eat it. Though most of it is used in protective spells and such for wiccan magick... If you don't know what wiccan magick is you should watch charmed...lol
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