Last November we reported the relocation of several of the plants growing in the semi-arid batha plot. Among them were two mandrake plants, which are characterized by a thick branched taproot, necessitating that the gardeners dig deeper than usual.

  This was accompanied by some concern, since they are the only representatives of this species in the Botanical Garden, and relatively hard to grow. In early 2017, to our relief, we found that one of the mandrakes had started to bloom. Leaf emergence has now started in the second one and we hope that blooming too will occur soon. It seems that the relocation has been successful! 

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