Also known as the Japanese Soul Mirror, the Konkagami was introduced to Hogwarts curriculum during Term 18 by Professor Armand Erikson. The Konkagami is a unique monocot in that the first blossoming reflects the caretaker's soul, including:
- whether the caretaker has cast a curse (as well as the frequency and lapse of time since last cast)
- the color (typically only 1 to 4 colors) of the bloom can also indicate traits in the base personality of the caretaker: red for a physical person, orange for a risk-taker or fun-loving person, magenta for eccentric loners, yellow for the free-spirited and child-like, tan for the logical and analytical, green for powerful and intelligent, blue for loving and nurturing personalities, violet for leaders and educators, white for those who mirror the personalities of those around them, lavender for those who live in a fantasy world, and indigo for those driven to make the world a better place.
- the shape of the bloom can reflect a personality: iris-like with alternating up and down petals indicates a person who is naturally divided, Easter lily shaped indicates a natural innocence, more metals indicate a multi-faceted personality, etc.
Note that the coloring and shape only affects the first blossoming. From that point onward, every blossom will match the first time. Later use of curses will not change the plant.
This plant, when first blooming, will take in the energies that surround it. The colors of the blossom change from place to place, even if just a few feet apart. Observing this in the wild, a wizard decided that he would bring home a few that hadn't blossomed yet. Even though he only spent a few minutes at a time taking care of it, his magical signature apparently influenced the plant. He noticed all the buds, no matter where the plant was being kept, were the same color. In time, with a good deal of experimentation, it was revealed that the plant could determine much about the wizard.
Although an interesting property, this is not the primary use. The plant is usually raised for its properties in potions.
Different curses present in different ways. The Killing Curse, for example, appears as vibrant green veins that spread from the middle of the plant. The Cruciatus Curse has been evidenced as a silvery sheen glimmering on the inside surface, or upper surface, of the petals. The Imperius Curse will appear as dark stamens. Some smaller curses show as darkened or lack of pigmentation. Other curses cast by the caretaker will make the plant's color very dull.
Care for Konkagami
Although Konkagami does well in a pot, it must have sufficient drainage so it doesn't get too much water. Konkagami does not react well to dragon dung fertilizer.