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A jar of scurvy grass.

"These plants are most efficacious in the inflaming of the brain, and are therefore much used in Confusing and Befuddlement Draughts, where the wizard is desirous of producing hot-headedness and recklessness…"
—A passage about the uses of scurvy grass, lovage and sneezewort.[src]

Scurvy grass is a plant used as an ingredient in the Befuddlement Draught. It was kept with other potion ingredients in the Potions Classroom at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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  • Scurvy grass (Cochlearia officinalis) is a biennial herb that grows in salt marshes or along the seashore in northern and western Europe and Great Britain. Its high vitamin C content meant is was used in the past to help cure or prevent scurvy, or Vitamin C deficiency.[1] Scurvy grass also has antiseptic, diuretic, and mild laxative properties. [2]


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