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"Tell me, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?"
— Severus Snape to Harry Potter[src]

Asphodel[3] (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.[5] The plant was not native to Great Britain or Ireland, and required special, well-drained soil to grow.[2] Muggles used to believe the plant grew in the underworld.[2] Sixteen known types of the plant existed, each with their own needs.[2]

History

"Muggles once believed asphodel grew in the underworld, but the greenhouses will do! Let's begin!"
— Professor Sprout to her Herbology students[src]

A bottle of powdered root of asphodel

During the 1990–1991 school year, seventh-year students learned asphodels in Herbology class.[2]

On 2 September 1991, Professor Severus Snape mentioned asphodel in his first-ever question directed to Harry Potter in Potions class, asking what potion would be produced if Powdered Root of Asphodel was added to an Infusion of Wormwood, the answer being the Draught of Living Death.[3]

Uses

An illustration of asphodel in Magical Drafts and Potions

"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 has both magical and mundane uses.[1] Powdered root of Asphodel is used in the creation of various potions, such as the Draught of Living Death[3] and the Wiggenweld Potion.[5]

Behind the scenes

  • 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,[6] 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.[7]

Appearances

Notes and references

Herbology
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Herbologists
Blossom Degrasse · Miranda Goshawk · Quiac Marinus · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Gethsemane Prickle · Sanjay Shanker · Selina Sapworthy · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand
Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Professors Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom · Unnamed Professor (19th century)
Textbooks Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Ingredient Encyclopedia · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants
Plants studied and grown at Hogwarts
Aconite · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Cowbane · Devil's Snare · Dirigible plum · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fat cactus-like plant · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Honking daffodil · Ivy · Knotgrass · Lavender · Leaping Toadstool · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Mistletoe · Moly · Nettle · Puffapod · Raspberry · Rose · Sage · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Sopophorous plant · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Sugar Shrub · Toad-eating plant · Tormentil · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wax vegetables · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice · Wormwood
Spells taught in Herbology at Hogwarts
Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Herbivicus Charm (Herbivicus) · Incendio Duo Spell (Incendio Duo) · Lumos Solem Spell (Lumos Solem) · Severing Charm (Diffindo)
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