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10+ Magical Plants with Names & Pictures

As Harry Potter fans, we all desire to own magical Mandrake plants that would begin emitting a foul cry when pulled out of the soil.

To be frank, Mandrakes would not do any such thing, but they hold magical properties that will undoubtedly give you a better life and treat ailments.

In fact, many garden and houseplants are known to heal devastating wounds, treat inflammation, and induce other-worldly hallucinations.

Magical plants like Shame Plant, Mandrake, Vervain, Henbane, Datura, and Wolfsbane, are known for their metaphysical healing or hallucinogenic properties since ancient times, where some are often grown as houseplants.

Magical plants
Magical plants possess many metaphysical properties, such as healing and power.

However, the list does not end here because many such magical species will add grace to your home and garden.

Read more to discover some of the most unique, famous, or least-known magical plants worldwide.

Do Magical Plants Exist?

Movies, fables, and books have always lauded magical plants that heal grave wounds, climb above the clouds, create magic potions, and do other-worldly things.

It may sound exciting to read and watch those assisting heroes and villains in their endeavors, but there is less truth to it.

Such wondrous magical plants only exist in fiction and myth; however, it does not mean the world lacks any magical plants.

There are many such unique plants that resemble their fictional counterparts from Harry Potter and Dungeons & Dragons.

You must know about Devil’s Snare from Harry Potters, which squeezes and contracts an object when touched.

Did you know a tree called Strangler Fig or Killer Tree sucks all the nutrients from the ground and chokes other plants to grow aggressively tall?

And there is a carnivore plant called the Venus flytrap, which lures its prey into its clawed foliage and traps them inside forever.

Some are even mentioned in the mythologies, such as Holy Basil, that still hold many medicinal values.

10+ Magical Plants with Names and Pictures

You would find hundreds of magical plants in different parts of the world.

Here are a few magical plants you can consider decorating your garden and home.

1. Shame Plant

The Shame Plant (Mimosa Pudica) stands to its name, where it will fold its leaves and bow down when you attempt to touch it.

Also known as “Touch-Me-Not,” the native Caribbean and Central American plants are the most sensitive.

Shame plant
Shame plant is one of the most covered plants in media for its unique habit.

In fact, it is a sleepy plant that closes during darkness and reopens in light. It will grow densely prickly and has a height of 1.5 m (5ft).

Mimosa pudica also boasts prickly petioles with pale pink or purple flower heads. The leaves are often used as herbal medicine, anti-depressant, and anti-bacterial.

When growing as a houseplant, please keep it in the east-facing window with bright indirect sunlight for 8 hours a day.

Keep the well-draining substrate moist but wet, and fertilize every few weeks in spring and summer with a high-potassium liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.

2. Vervain

Vervain (Verbena) is often mentioned in folklore, tales, and stories surrounding magical spells and potions.

In fact, it has a long history of magical use and has been used in many different cultures.

Also known as Enchanter’s herb or holy herb is mixed into a potion to treat inflammation and increase lactation in women and wounds.

Vervain
Vervain is a magical plant that helps with treating wounds and ailments

Depending on the region, you may find various Vervain varieties often grown as garden-bordering plants.

The delicate blue flower clusters and serrated leaves make it stand out.

When growing in your garden, consider keeping it in full sun with partial shade, well-drained soil, and complete fertilizer (16-4-8) in spring.

A healthy Vervain would reach a height of 2 to 5 feet and leaves spanning up to 6 inches.

3. Henbane

Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) is a part of the Solanaceae or nightshade family that blooms at night.

Also known as the witch’s drug, Henbane was often made into potions that caused powerful hallucinations.

Henbane
Henbane is known as a witch’s drug because it causes hallucinations

The Henbane flower and foliage contain alkaloids, including the enzymes hyoscine, hyoscyamine, and atropine, which are considered poisonous.

Therefore, consider keeping your children and pet away from the plant.

The plant emits a foul smell which helps repel many pests and predators; hence consider planting them close to the borders.

When growing in home gardens, consider keeping them in full sunlight with well-drained soil.

A mature plant will reach a height of 1 to 2 feet and boast showy funnel-shaped flowers that may have cream to dark yellow petals.

4. Datura

Datura (Datura stramonium) is a vespertine-flowering plant belonging to the nightshade family Solanaceae.

It boats pinwheel-shaped flowers and large, edgy leaves for magical, ceremonial, and medicinal purposes.

The plant potion has been used as pain relief and fever medicine for ages.

Datura
Datura boasts magical white flowers.

Especially, Datura stramonium has a hallucinogenic effect like Henbane when applied to the skin as a lotion. However, you should be kept away from pets and children.

Moreover, a drug derived from the seeds of Datura flowers has been called the world’s “Most Dangerous Drug” because it tends to render victims highly distractible and has been linked to several crimes throughout Central and South America.

The mature Datura plant could reach up to 4 feet in length and boast fragrant white, yellow, purple, or lavender blossoms.

However, it requires full sun and well-drained, humus-rich soil to thrive. You can apply diluted liquid organic fertilizer in spring to witness healthier blossoms.

5. Wolfsbane

Wolfsbane (Aconitum), also known as Monkshood, was historically used to poison animal bait.

Although the plant is popularly known to hold many supernatural abilities, it is often grown to keep pests and predators away.

Wolfsbane
The use of Wolfsbane goes back to Greek Mythology.

According to Greek mythology, Wolfsbane’s poisonous sap first poured from the mouth of Cerebus, the hell-guarding three-headed dog Cerebus.

Many empires have used Wolfsbane poison to coat their swords and arrows in battle.

Wolfsbane can be grown as an indoor houseplant; however, handle this plant with care as it contains toxic sap.

When growing Wolfsbane, consider keeping them in part shade condition with full sunlight, preferably east or west-facing.

The plant will reach a height of 1 to 3 meters and boast purple flowers in the shape of helmets.

You can use a general-purpose fertilizer every few weeks in spring to witness healthier blossoms.

6. Mandrake

Mandrakes are large taproots that can grow up to two feet underground but boasts small stems and leaves.

The Mandrake root has often been referenced in mythical stories about its magical powers and was primarily used in Europe to treat stomach ulcers, colic, and constipation.

Interestingly, the plant is also mentioned in the Harry Potter fantasy series.

Mandrake in pot
Mandrake roots resemble human limbs.

However, please do not confuse this plant with the one in Harry Potter that wails when you pull it off the ground. The roots resemble human limbs giving it an impression of a live being.

The taproot plant loves deep, rich soil with well-draining quality and full sun around the year.

For best results, use balanced fertilizer around spring and summer to promote healthy bloom.

7. Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a popular flowering herb plant in many parts of Asia, Europe, and North America.

Also referred to as “healer’s healer,” the ancient tribe like Cherokee and the Ojibwe used it to treat fever, aid sleep, and cure headaches.

Yarrow plant
Yarrow helps with many ailments and treats insomnia

The legend is that Achilles always carried the Yarrow plant with him in battles to reduce blood from wounds.

You can grow the Yarrow plant as an outdoor or an indoor plant. A mature plant could reach up to 3 feet tall, with leaves reaching 3 to 5 inches long.

It boasts flat-topped clusters of white flowers that will bloom from early spring to late fall. In fact, it thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight.

8. Deadly Nightshade

Deadly Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna) belongs to the nightshade plants and has, over time, been used in diverse ways.

Some common uses of Deadly Nightshade include surgery anesthetic, an arrow poison, eye drops, etc.

Deadly Nightshade boasts bell-shaped blooms and glossy, jet-black berries.

Deadly Nightshade berry
Deadly Nightshade is a poisonous plant with multiple uses.

Deadly Nightshade is a poisonous plant that contains lethal substances such as atropine, hyocyamine, and scopolamine, which can impair your nervous system.

The poisonous alkaloids can pass the blood-brain barrier and act on central cholinergic synapses, resulting in ataxia, disorientation, short-term memory loss, coma, and even death.

However, Ophthalmologists still use the Atropine present in Deadly Nightshade in eye drops to dilate a patient’s pupils to gain a good view of the retina during an eye exam.

The Europen fables claim Belladonna is favored by witches when brewing their “flying ointment.”

Whatever the legend holds, you can be sure that this plant will be a great addition to your magical garden.

However, ensure to handle the plant with care, as it is toxic to humans and pets.

Ensure to grow them in moist, organic soil with full sunlight and warm temperature.

A mature plant will reach about 3 to 4 feet tall and boast poisonous dark berries, but care to grow them in places without access to children or pets.

9. Artemisia

Artemisia is a large genus of plants with about 200 to 400 species grown in many gardens.

However, Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is the common Artemisia plant found in many gardens.

Historians believe the name refers to the Greek goddess Artemis and is used for magic, ritual, and medicine, but eating it raw may cause hallucinations.

Artemisia plant
Artemisia is a plant associated with the Greek goddess Artemis

According to different studies, Artemisia has long medicinal usage history for anxiety, irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, the common cold, measles, stomach and intestinal discomfort, and jaundice.

Infections caused by parasites like roundworms, pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and flukes are also treated with it.

Artemisia can be grown as an indoor and outdoor plant. When growing Artemisia, care to plant them in a location with full sun and well-draining soil.

They are drought tolerant, withstanding weeks of drought, but require regular watering until established.

A mature plant will give silvery-green foliage and aroma throughout the garden.

10. Living Stone

Living Stone (Lithops) is a native South African plant popular in Scandinavian folklore as trolls.

It resembles rock sprouting and showy white flowers, but it is a tiny succulent with a unique defense mechanism.

Lithops blend with the surrounding rocks to avoid being eaten.

Living stone
Living stone resembles stones, but it is their defense mechanism

It may be hard to notice them in the wild, but when grown as a houseplant will add decor.

Plant them in a well-draining substrate and water regularly to prevent dried soil.

Place them in a warm area with full or partial sunlight to witness a healthy plant with white blossoms, which may take 3-4 years.

11. Venus Flytrap

Among the most magical plants, the Venus flytrap is the most renowned.

The carnivore plant traps its prey inside its two hinged lobes and digests them slowly, giving them a wrong impression.

Venus flytrap
Venus flytrap traps pests for food.

Native to the east coast of the US, the plant keeps its lobes open for prey to enter. Once inside, it closes the lobes and begins digesting, which may take around ten days.

It naturally thrives in acidic soil with a lot of moisture but cares to provide good drainage to prevent problems.

Ensure to provide them full sun for six or more hours and about 50% humidity to ensure healthy growth.

Instead of applying fertilizer, you can amend the soil with organic mulch, such as mealworms.

You may be interested to read more about Venus flytrap flower.

12. Tillandsia

Tillandsia is a unique-looking plant with sharp thorns that grow on rocks, taking up nutrients and water using the scales on their leaves to grow healthy.

In fact, they make excellent houseplants and grow pretty well in small pots.

Tillandsia is another magical plant that doesn’t need water or soil medium to grow. They can easily cling to other trees with the strength of their roots.

Care to plant them on small rocks, pebbles, and water once per week to keep them thriving.

Tillandsias
Tillandsia is a unique plant that does not require soil or substrate.

However, soak them 2 to 3 hours per week for about 2-hour if you live in a drier, hotter climate.

Keep them indoors in a full-sunlight or partial shade to remove airborne contaminants and chemicals.

With proper care and maintenance, it will grow up to 2 to 9 inches in circumference.

Learn more about care requirements for Tillandsia

Conclusion

There are various magical plants worldwide, each requiring a conducive yet unique growing environment or care.

Therefore, care to talk with the botanist or supplier, or follow this guide to find the most conducive care for your magical plant.

Although they may not exhibit magical powers, these magical plants will add to the decor and provide many medicinal benefits.

Please drop in your comment to let us know about different magical plants.

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