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"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 mundane plant with magical properties.[2]

History

A jar of scurvy grass

It was used as an ingredient in the Befuddlement Draught.[2][4] It was kept with other potion ingredients in the Potions Classroom at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3][4] It was also an ingredient in the Invigoration Draught.[1]

During the 1990–1991 school year, a Muggle ate a salad prepared from magical plants from a witch's garden, which contained lovage, scurvy grass and sneezewort, causing them to became befuddled. Jacob's sibling as part of their student programme at the British Ministry of Magic, investigated the matter on Alastor Moody's instruction, and brewed a remedy in the Alchemy Room at St Mungo's for the Muggle. Professor Pomona Sprout also reviewed the types of plants found in a magical garden for seventh-year Herbology students that year.[5]

Behind the scenes

  • 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.[6] Scurvy grass also has antiseptic, diuretic, and mild laxative properties.[7]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Road to Hogwarts Sweepstakes
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 14 (Mischief Managed) - Potions Lesson "Befuddlement Draught"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 26 (No Laughing Matter) - Assignment "A Witch's Garden"
  6. Cochlearia officinalis Scurvy Grass, Spoonwort PFAF Plant Database
  7. Scurvy Grass - Elma skin care.com
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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
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