Mandragora autumnalis, more commonly known as mandrake, is a stemless plant with leaves forming a rosette. The flowers are on stalks which emerge from the centre of the rosette and are blue or violet in colour. They can be found in abandoned fields and at the roadsides. The plant was used from very early times as an analgesic and anaesthetic. A mixture of the bark, roots and juice steeped in wine was once used in cases of unbearable pain and amputation, and the mandrake is the official emblem of greek anaesthetists.
Many apologies for only clicking and running yesterday, the electricity was cut (unannounced as always!) at 7.30 am, and didn't return until 5.15pm! Hopefully they have sorted out whatever problem there was. Have a good week-end, everyone.