Hogwort Plant Information
Hogwort grows in the following 28 states:District Of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Hogwort contains croton oil, a powerful laxative.Croton capitatus, known as the hogwort or woolly croton or goatweed, is an annual plant with erect, branched stems, densely covered with light brown, wooly hairs that give it a whitish appearance. It grows in dry, open areas, especially sandy and rocky soils. It is distributed across the southern United States, and elsewhere.
In Jim Henson's Labyrinth (film) (1986), the character Hoggle was mistakenly called, "Hogwort" by Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connelly). The character corrected her angrily.
British author J. K. Rowling did not deliberately name the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from her Harry Potter series of books after the hogwort. It was only after the books were published, when a friend reminded her of seeing the plant in the Kew Gardens many years beforehand that Rowling speculated that the name had remained in her subconscious ever since.
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