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A Norandola seed.

Norandola is a complex, sensitive plant with an appearance that varies based on the planter. It was introduced to the Hogwarts students during Term 6 by Professor Phoebe Phoenix.

Appearance

The Norandola seed is a pearly-white color, but this is the only time in the plant's life cycle when its appearance can be predicted. Once the seed is planted, the Norandola plant takes root and the resulting plant develops a physical appearance that varies depending on who plants the seed. The shape and number of the leaves, the color of the flowers and leaves, and even the scent will all reflect the person who planted it, and occasionally who cared for (if differing from the planter) it. In addition, the plant will have male or female attributes depending on the gender of the witch or wizard who planted the seed.

The plants take on a different form when they are exposed to direct moonlight on the night of a full moon. When the light strikes the plant, it will spin on the spot and give off a bright light. The female plants take on a silver sheen and have flowers like small silver crescent moons. The male plants contain bright golden pods that hold a shimmering dust. When burst, these pods release their pollen, which will float to the female plant and immediately pollenate the crescents - resulting in another pearly-white seed.

Care

The Norandola seed should come in brief contact with the planter's wand before going into rich soil, as the wand represents the magical essence of its owner. The seed should get warmer and shine briefly, indicating it is ready to pot.

Under normal circumstances, the Norandola takes about a week to grow to full size, although it can be magically enhanced to grow faster.

Norandola seeds should be handled as little as possible prior to planting in order to prevent multiple witches or wizards from imprinting upon them.

Uses

The Norandola will take on the properties of any plant that it happens to look like while in its original form. For example, if the plant becomes an aloe vera plant, it could be harvested for the soothing sap.

In addition, the pollen from the Norandola that is harvested on the full moon can be used in many powerful potions. Its uses are still being researched, although it is a vital ingredient in the Draught of Ephemera. Some believe the Norandola holds the key to curing werewolf bites due to its dependence on the lunar cycle.

References

Herbology Lesson 2, Term 6

Herbology Lesson 3, Term 6

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