plant, with its bright Cyhalloi
snow petals tipped with a faint
waterberry blue colouring,
is a beautiful sight. It also has many other uses besides looking pretty. Almost
every part of the Mallowdrop plant has a medicinal use, and can even be made
into a healthy candy for children called a "Mallowdrop". This has led to the
Santharian region of Enthronia becoming
populated with many large plantations growing the plant. This plant can survive
anywhere that is sunny and moist during the
spring and summer. The roots can survive a light winter, and the next spring and
summer the plant will grow back even larger. In undisturbed areas, they have
even grown to the height of an average human.
Appearance. The size
of the Mallowdrop Plant varies, depending on how many years it has been growing
for. The largest on record was two
peds and a
palmspan, and this was grown
by a farmer in the Twynor grasslands. There are a few stories that get told of
ones as tall as trees, but these are dismissed as myths.
The pale green stem is usually around a
nailsbreadth wide, and has
thin, diamond shaped leaves. The number of leaves on the stem depends on how
many years the plant has been growing for. Each year, the stem grows to be
larger and a leaf is added in this new area of the stem on the opposite side of
last yearís leaf.
The flower is about a palmspan, with five large petals that overlap at the
bases. Each petal has white near the center that quickly fades to a pale blue or
light purple at the tips. If you look closely you can usually see a few strands
of colour reaching down toward the center of the plant just before the
transition of colours begin.
The roots of this plant are usually a grey colour and only a grain wide the
first year. This is when the plant is most vulnerable. Even a small animal can
stunt the growth of the plant. Each year, the roots grow to be thicker, as well
as reach deeper and farther out into the ground. This helps the plant become
stronger and more durable. Large Mallowdrop plants can survive through most
weather and can usually take a slight beating from animals before being
affected. If multiple Mallowdrop plants grow near each other, the roots will
often become entangled, providing further strength for each plant.
After the flower dies in fall, a pod containing seeds will grow in its place.
The pod usually will be a few
nailsbreadth wide and long and be a light green colour. The pod will slowly
fade to a grayish colour, and this is the time to harvest the pod for more seeds
by cutting the pod from the plant.
The seeds of the Mallowdrop plant are black, and around the size of a
sunflower seed. In each pod, you can find between
five and ten seeds. Each seed has the potential to become a large, beautiful
flower. There is research being done that may suggest that the seeds that come
from a fast growing plant, also grow fast, and seeds from a slow growing plant,
grow slow. This claim has not yet been confirmed.
The Mallowdrop plant is mainly seen throughout the Enthronia Province of
and can even be seen growing wildly in the Heaths of Wilderon. Though these are
the most common places for Mallowdrop plants, it can grow anywhere with enough
sunlight and moisture in the soil.
There are a few large estates scattered throughout southern
especially in the Enthronia province, filled with Mallowdrop plants. Thus
Enthronia is the main exporter of Mallowdrop plants, and when traveling through
the countryside, you may pass several leagues filled with the plant. Within
Enthronia, the port city of Carmalad is
especially known for trading these plants.
Some who want to have a challenge have also bought seeds to grow Mallowdrop
plants around their home, and to try and see how large they can grow them.
Anywhere that someone has sowed a seed and left can now be found with several
Mallowdrop plants around it. The plants are quick to populate an area when the
conditions are ideal.
The Mallowdrop plant has many uses, most of them being medicinal. Every part of
the plant can be used in some way. Those that use it, often dig the whole plant
up in late fall, just after the pod begins to grow. The sap in the roots and
stem is used to make a tea that can soothe a sore throat and help relieve
coughing. It can also be made into a candy that will help an upset stomach. The
slimy sap can even be applied to cuts to help prevent infection.
A person can also chew on the bitter petals, and have a sweet smell placed upon
their breath. If chewed daily, it is said that the person's teeth will never
The Mallowdrop plant self pollinates, and produces a pod of seeds in late fall.
In each pod, there is five to ten seeds. The pod will fade to a grey and as the
plant starts to die, the pod will drop off and be buried into the ground.
Once in the ground it will survive through winter and then begin growing the
next spring. It is thought to survive the winter by freezing along with the top
layer of the ground. Somehow the contents of the pod arenít destroyed by the
freeze and able to begin growing once the pod and ground thaw.
When the Mallowdrop plant is not grown by farmers, and left undisturbed in the
wild, only one or two seeds will survive to be plants. These two seeds that grow
fastest will usually choke off the growth of other plants and take up the space
themselves. Their roots will become entwined and help strengthen each other.
It is thought that the Mallowdrop plant originated in region surrounding
Carmalad. After it was found to have
medicinal uses, it was then sold or traded and eventually spread all over
Santharia. Some even took it all the way
north to the Heaths of Wilderon, where you can find it growing wildly. This area
is one of the few places of the north that is known to support the Mallowdrop
plant. The roots don't seem to be able to with-stand the harsh winters of the
north anywhere else.
The plant was named "Mallowdrop" after the candy that can be made from it. The
healthy treat is often given out to children by concerned parents. It will
satisfy the childís craving for a candy, but will still be healthy for them to
There are also stories of Mallowdrop plants that grow as tall as trees. Usually
the stories claim that this "Mallowdrop Tree" is on the continent of
Nybelmar, in the deep unknown forests.
These stories have never been confirmed and are considered myth.
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