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Plant Signs

If you noticed the plants around the hall areas and in the Herbology class room (which I think was Pacifica 11?), they all had little signs on them. Posting these just in case you didn't get to read them all and wanted to (also I know that I ended up writing more than the number of plants, so I think one or two of them never got posted). :D


The Nigel Tree


Commonly mistaken for an average, non-magical plant, the nudis interruptus' actual nature wasn't revealed until May of 2006. The magical properties of the plan were revealed completely by mistake by the famous model and nudist Nigel (yes, that Nigel). Nigel the Nude was doing a photoshoot for a special nature edition of Wicked Witch Magazine and just as the camera was taking the photo, the plant's branches moved to cover Nigel's private area. A local plant expert had been supervising the shoot (to avoid another venomous plant incident), and several more photos were taken with the plant to see the effects that it had on clothed and unclothed persons. Only those without clothing were shielded during the photo. According to top Herbologists, this tree has been around for several centuries, but its magical properties were hidden until that unfortunate event. Much to his dismay, Nigel the Nude has now been printed in more scientific journals than modeling magazines.


The Welcoming Tree


The Welcoming Tree, also known as the Hospitalitree to some, is a necessity for those that regularly throw parties. This specimen can make even the shyest person feel more secure in social situations. A popular wizards club, The Loquacious Lady, has at least 10 of these trees. The tree itself is very hard to grow and maintain so unless a party is thrown once per week the plant will wither and die. It can be taken apart and stored for potion making, which makes the Hospitalitree a popular ingredient in social and anxiousness recipes.


Neo Porin Plant


While not usually seen outside of an apothecary or medical greenhouse, the Neo Porin Plant has been known to be held by private potion makers and wizards unaware of the value. On a weekly basis it can be milked, for lack of a better term, for a healing ointment. While the plant has been around for as long as wizarding plant records, the common name comes from Neolonen Porin, a swindler and scam artist who milked a plant dry (if the Neo Porin Plant's ointment is fully milked out, it will only produce one drop of ointment per week) and sold it to a medical company that uses it as the active ingredient in a very slow-acting ointment that aids in the healing of wounds. The magical community felt that it would be a great injustice to rob the muggles of the ointment, so they were allowed to keep the dying plant.


Fire Bringer Plant


Extreme caution must be used while in contact with this plant. It was the cause of the Santiago Canyon Fire, the Cedar Fire, and the Chipmunk Fire of 79. The ardcalif dysphyte is primarily in North America, and was discovered by a group of North American wizards (Names withheld due to the illegality of their actions). The thrillseeking young wizards were hiking through the wilderness during the time of the Full Moon with the hopes of seeing a werewolf. One or more of the wizards were frightened and the Fire Bringer plant burst into flames. Using a quick Auguamenti spell the youths put out the fire, berating another for his clumsy accidental spell work. The plant burst into flames again, and the group decided to investigate it instead of blaming a friend. After testing at The Salem Witch's Institute (home of one of the top five Greenhouses in the world), it was revealed that the plant burst into flames when a nervous, frightened, or anxious person was around.


The Stink Flower


Most often this plant is completely average looking, but on nights of the full moon it transforms into what experts call "The Stink Flower." This putrid bloom relies on werewolves for pollination. Many studies have been proposed on this flower, but the odor permeates every protection and is resistant to magic. Before stronger werewolf laws came into effect, many werewolves set buckets around their properties so when they eventually came stumbling home, they would have something to puke into. The smell has been known to cling to a person for a period of 3 weeks.


Ruffner’s Sweet


Developed in 1658 by acclaimed herbologist WM Ruffner as a way to show his grandchildren that Herbology should not be seen as simply playing in the dirt, Ruffner set out to create a plant that had sweet, edible leaves in order to tempt them to visit more often. After 30 years of work, he finally finished the plant just in time to share with his great grandchildren.

Note: This plant is identical to Ruffner's Boot, please use caution before eating. Also, please be aware that pranksters revel in switching the placards between the Sweet and Boot varieties of the plant.


Ruffner’s Boot

An accidental by-product of WM Ruffner's famous plant Ruffner's Sweet. As the results of experimental herbology can never be predicted, it was not surprising when an equally bad tasting plant was created. Instead of being a delicious cooked sugar of the sweet variation, this strain of plant carries the taste of old, dirty boot. Wilfred Merlin Ruffner spent the last years of his life attempting to grow boot shaped branches on Ruffner's Boot to prevent it from being identical to Ruffner's Sweet.

Note: This plant is identical to Ruffner's Sweet, but it is not suitable for tasting. Also, please be aware that pranksters revel in switching the placards between the Sweet and Boot varieties of the plant.


Goat Fancy


A nice robust plant that attracts goats. Goats love to munch on every part of this plant, and are even known to roll around in the dirt surrounding it. Experienced plant growers know not to plant Goat Fancy anywhere near more edible plants. The largest collection of Goat Fancy has been recorded as being in Hogsmeade and tended by Aberforth Dumbledore, owner of the Hog's Head Pub.


Terrain Aware Randomly Displaced Inverted Succulent


This very special and very rare plant is able to cloak itself to fit in with similar plants and is known to grow shortly before amazing historical events. No one knows the exact purpose of the plant, but it can show up in any climate at any time. No one knows if its magic properties have an effect on the surroundings, or if it senses the great happenings of the time. It is interesting to note that the day that Harry Potter defeated Lord Voldemort, one of these plants sprouted in the corner of The Great Hall at Hogwarts.


Shock Tree


While in the youngest stages of development, this plant retains all of the energy needed to grow, and channels it on developing the magical properties it will gain after 5 years of life. Once it reaches its fifth year, the Shockling will suddenly grow into a full sized tree, capable of sending a magical jolt through any person attempting to harm it. Many a young lover has received a shock after attempting to carve initials into the Shock Tree. Penelope the Planter was beheaded in 1322 after spreading hundreds of Shock Tree seeds throughout the royal gardens. It should be noted that Penelope planted the seeds, and then returned 7 years later to gloat to an old friend, who was a maid in the castle. Rather than try to make sense of the magical plant, the muggles insisted she remove the trees, and after she did so they executed her.


Tree of Tears


Commonly used in the theatre setting, this tree can assist in the production of tears. The Tree of Tears can be placed on stage or near it and a witch or wizard simply needs to think about the plant and real tears will start to flow. Many experts studied the plant and concluded that the plant has a small amount of empathic magic that is released when heavy emotion is in the air. In 1543 a team of magical researches from the Ministry for Magic published a paper entitled, "Drawing Magical Essence from Other Sources: The Tree of Tears Theory" which explores the science of this phenomenon.



Bogey Bush


WARNING: Do not touch this plant! The Ministry for Magic's official stance on the Bogey Bush is that it is, "icky."

Created by Franklin and Gerhardt Wallace in 1120, the Bogey Bush is a dying breed of plant (thank Merlin) that produces sap that is very similar to a bogey. While it could certainly be counted as an amazing feat of magic and herbological mastery, it never is. F&G Wallace purposely modeled it to seem similar to Ruffner's Sweet, but instead of delicious tasting leafs the picker's hands get covered in disgusting mucus.



Winterfruit


A favorite of the current Minister for Magic, this tree produces a warm orb shaped fruit that is similar to the taste of chicken noodle soup. The Winterfruit starts to form from mid-to-late August and are ripe from late December to early February. It is suggested that every magical family own a Winterfruit Tree, but in the last 50 years it has faced the stigma of being for those without refined pallets due to the fact that most of the current Winterfruit Trees are owned by less wealthy wizarding families.


Dittany


This is one of few plants that is well-known by Muggles, but is a popular magical plant. In modern and historical times, Muggles have used it as a medicine for fevers, poison antidote, hysteria, seizures, and stomach ailments. In the wizarding world, it is a must-have for potion masters due to the fact that it is used in often requested potions. St. Mungo's has an entire greenhouse full of Dittany just to keep up with the amount used by the mediwizards.


Fanged Geranium


Note: The Herbologists at Infinitus 2010 wish to apologize for the state of this plant. Just last week it was in full bloom, but in the process of transporting it to this space it bit several of the movers. After one too many bites, an angry wizard cursed the biting flowers off, resulting in a boring, bare plant.

Included in the Trifecta of No Thank You (which includes The Stink Flower and Precariously Poisonous Petunia) from the "Flowers No One Wants to Interact With" paper by Eahs Parkinson, the Fanged Geranium causes students, professors, and herbologists alike to don tough gloves and a use quick approach to pruning


Sneezewort


Sneezewort, named for the sneezing effect it often has on those that encounter it, is a type of yarrow most commonly used for confusing and befuddlement draughts. An overdose of Sneezewort can cause lasting damage, so it is important to remember this simple rhyme:
"If you wish to use the Sneeze’, follow these directions if you please
Never more than a stalk of four (when combined with hellebore)
Will not thrive in a pack of five. Avoid a gooey mix of more than six
Seven is swell, if you fancy hell. Eight is great, if it is not too late
Nine is fine, if used in brine. And ten? Why do you want to use ten?

If you wish to examine the full meaning of this poem and others like it, please see the book "A Potion Rhyme to Save You Time (And Possibly Your Life!)" by Charles Boot.


Scaterofi


The Scaterofi is fine to be around 7 months out of the year, but during the months of March, April, May, June, and October it is nearly unbearable to keep as decoration because it is a self-fertilizing plant. During the months when it is self-fertilizing, it also produces a purple pod that many wizards claim is edible, but most believe it is just an urban myth that should never be tested. Not only does the Scaterofi produce very rich soil, it also has a very rich past. In times of heavy negativity towards Muggles, this plant is often sold as a houseplant to Muggle plant shops. The most recent incident using this plant in Muggle-baiting was linked to Lucius Malfoy, a documented member of the Death Eaters.


Mallowsweet


In 1997, this plant was nearly wiped out in England after orders were issued from Dolores Umbridge, who was the acting Head of the Muggle-born Registration Commission and therefore had sway over many individuals in many departments. It is rumored that she ordered this because of a centaur related injury she sustained shortly before she rejoined the Ministry for Magic after a brief time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as the Headmistress and Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor. Mallowsweet is burned by centaurs to aid in their stargazing. A Ministry insider claimed that the smell of Mallowsweet would make Dolores Umbridge vomit instantly. Currently the plant is thriving and shows all indications that it will be returned to its former amount within 5 more years.


Unknown


This plant was found in the very back of an old plant shop and has been passed around from one Herbology Institute to another. Cuttings have been taken from the plant, but even with the most intensive care, none have survived more than 6 days after being separated from the mother plant. Various tests have been performed on it, and while it has been verified of having magical origins, no actual properties have been discovered.


Moldy Goldy
written by archerpren


The American Fernus Fungaltonium, usually referred to as the Moldy Goldy, was discovered in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and loves rain and moisture. The common name for this plant is derived from the mold that will collect on the tips of the stalks of the plants. To muggle eyes they appear as gold flowers-like growths, but witches and wizards can see the growths for what they really are: gold colored mold. Eventually the mold will overtake the plant and it will disappear into the soil, ruining that spot for the growth of other plants. It is necessary to remove the growths every week. A famously mad wizard, Wilpren Archer, once made the mistake of not regularly pruning his Moldy Goldy, and his home was swallowed into the earth as a result.


The Vigilance Tree


The Vigilance Tree is known to keep an eye out for travelers, and has reportedly saved more than 10 lives. When a life is in danger, the tree is able to send out a loud cry for help that can be heard by rescuers. The rescuers are then led by the plant’s will to the injured, lost, or dying person. Unfortunately, all of the muggles that have been saved by the plant were later committed to mental institutions because none would let go of the story that they were “…Saved by a plant with a million eyes.”

For a short time in the 40s, the eyeballs of the plant were used to replace witches and wizards who had lost an eye that couldn’t be replaced. Due to weird interactions with the human body, 95% of them were replaced after 20 years.


The Linger Bush
written by stupid_drawings


This hearty plant is known to grow worldwide. Though its appearance is nondescript, the Linger Bush can be recognized by its mood-altering side effects. Brief exposure to the plant can cause flashes of melancholy, whereas longer contact has been known to cause prolonged ennui, and in some extreme cases, long-term depression. These side effects can be neutralized by planting a circle of yellow roses around the Linger Bush during a full moon, at precisely midnight, using a silver trowel, and while humming "My Two Knuts" by Penny Shillingston. Or by digging it up, whichever is more convenient.


The Beta Palm
written by stupid_drawings


The Beta Palm is a very powerful magical plant, and is very dangerous. The plant's primary goal seems to be in attracting people towards it in any way possible. The Beta has been known to alter any printed text within its magical reach. The Beta Palm has also been known to give wizards and witches strange narrative hallucinations, causing them to rewrite stories and pretend to be fictional characters. These hallucinations can quickly become addictive and symptoms usually manifest quickly. Now come over here and hug the Beta, before it alters this placard! All hail the Beta Palm! Beta Palm is all powerful!


Snarl Bush
written by dragonsinger954


The Snarl Bush stands rather upright and the leaves grow so that they are thought to be snarling at any other plants that dare grow in the same area. Found usually in wizarding regions but when located in muggle territory stands out and becomes rather noticeable. Its topmost branches have a fine white silky growth that when first seen, resembles hair. When placed out in the open with other plants, the white growth is able to suck in all of the sunlight, causing the other plants around it to wither and die. Although hard to keep with other plants, it is a favorite remedy for calming dragons. A publishing insider claimed Gilderoy Lockhart was writing a book called “Dalliances with Dragons” and stated that this plant made dragons sing (singing in this case refers to rhythmic growling and whining).


Celestial Originalus
written by hp5freak


It's a very rare plant that moves from convention to convention or anywhere great numbers of witches and wizards gather. But it's not really a plant, but rather a hybrid breed of plant and magical craft. The Celestia is actually made up of finely threaded crocheted pieces made to resemble many more common and dare we say Muggle style plants. These pieces have a magical, yet limited salve that used be extracted for use on minor injuries. Unfortunately, the salve seems to wither and redden outermost layers of skin giving the user the temporary, but rather itchy appearance of sunburn. Approach with caution and only use with the close guidance of a trained Healer....



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Comments

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aome
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you posted this. I saw the plants behind me when I was in that room, listening to a panel, but didn't get the chance to examine them more closely. Thank you for giving me a second chance to appreciate the creativity!
thefreshchuff
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for this! I was going around trying to read all the signs, but I definitely missed some.
bunney
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! I tried to read them all, but was sure I'd missed a few.
tsuj
Jul. 24th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
plants
Wow, impressive work!

I only read a few at the con, so I'm glad you posted them here.
madalice
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
These were great; I loved finding all the little signs here and there.

By the way, the science museum here in Houston has a plant commonly known as a Corpse Flower--it blooms rarely, and for 48 hrs. smells like dead flesh (so it can attract the beetles that pollinate it). The whole thing seemed like something out of the HP novels!
shaebay
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
The Corpse Flower is exactly what I based The Stink Flower on, and I totally agree with you, it sounds exactly like something that would be studied in Herbology. :D
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