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"Its powdered root is a potion ingredient. From the lily family, this plant has long, slender leaves. Its name comes from the Greek asphodelos."
Arsenius Jigger, Magical Drafts and Potions[src]

Asphodel (also known as Royal Staff[1]) is a member of the lily family and has long and slender leaves. It is found worldwide, and was known to grow in the Hogwarts grounds.

Uses

Asphodel has both magical and non-magical uses.[1] Powdered root of Asphodel is used in the creation of various potions, such as the Draught of Living Death,[2] and the Wiggenweld Potion.[3]

Behind the scenes

Asphodel

An illustration of asphodel in Magical Drafts and Potions

  • Asphodel (Asphodelus ramosus) is a relative of the lily and native to Europe. The ancient Greeks associated it with the death and the underworld, believing there was a meadow of asphodel in Elysian Fields,[4] and considered it sacred to Persephone, goddess of the spring and queen of the underworld. Asphodel was once believed to be a favourite food of the dead, and so was commonly planted near graves.[5]

Appearances

Powdered Asphodel

A powdered asphodel

Notes and references

 

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