Dangerous Plants

Snargaluff tree-A rather vicious plant which looks like a gnarled stump until it is disturbed, at which its spiky branches attack. Inside the snargaluff are a number of small pods which, when stabbed, emit wriggling tubers.

Spiky Bushes-Bushes with spikes growing out of them. They can shoot these spikes at humans, but can be destroyed using the Fire-Making Spell.

Bouncing Bulb-A magical plant which jumps around if it is not restrained. Bouncing Bulbs' main stem is a disproportionate purple bulb, with a bunch of leaves growing on the top.Young Bouncing Bulbs are small enough to handle, but mature ones can reach the size of doorways. Bouncing Bulbs can be aggressive when they feel threatened; they jump towards the possible attacker and try to hit it. A simple Knockback Jinx could stop a young Bulb, but a mature one would require using the Fire-Making Spell to wither it, because it is quite strong. 

Devil's Snare-A plant with the magical ability to constrict or strangle anything in its surrounding environment or something that happens to touch it. Struggling or resistance to Devil's Snare will cause the plant to exert a greater force of constriction.


Wormwood(Artemisa absinthium)-A very bitter herb, used in potion-making since ancient times. An Infusion of Wormwood is used in the concoction of the Draught of Living Death, Elixir to Induce Euphoria, and the Shrinking Solution.

Puffapod-A magical plant that produced large pink seedpods full of shining beans, which instantly flowered when they came into contact with any solid object.

Moly-A powerful plant with many powerful properties: Moly plants are known to protect against Dark Enchantments, and can be eaten to counteract them. Moly plants are easily recognised by their distinctive black stems and white flowers. This particular herb is used in potion-making; more specifically in the brewing of the Wiggenweld Potion.

Dittany-A magical plant used in Potion-Making, and is a powerful healing herb and restorative. Its use makes fresh skin grow over a wound, and after application, the wound seems several days old.

Asphodel(also known as Royal Staff)-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.

Famous People

Elladora Ketteridge (1656-1729)-Witch who discovered the properties of gillyweed when she nearly suffocated after eating it and recovered only when she stuck her head into a bucket of water 

Beaumont Marjoribanks (1742-1845)-Marjoribanks was a pioneer in the field of Herbology. He collected and classified many rare and magical plants. Marjoribanks is credited with discovering Gillyweed, although Elladora Ketteridge had discovered it about a century earlier.