Cultivating American Mandrake
Answered by: Richard Alan Miller
Question from: John Sallis
Posted on: May 05, 2004

I am looking for some information on Mandrake farming but there does not appear to be much.

[It is assumed the question is about American mandrake, Podophyllum peltatum, and not about the European mandrake, Mandragora officinarum --editor.]

I have written a chapter on this as a wildcraft product in my book "Native Plants Of Commercial Importance". The markets are too small for cultivation.

If I did have a market to merit cultivation, I would do it first much like Valerian or Bloodroot, as a rootcrop, using a ginseng plow.

It grows native throughout the Mid-West, especially Michigan and Wisconsin.

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