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The description of the entangle spell reads:

Grasping weeds and vines sprout from the ground in a 20-foot square [...]

When the spell ends, the conjured plants wilt away.

Does "wilt away" mean they just wither and die like regular plants, and so the ground is covered in dead vegetation to mark where the spell was cast? Or do they fully disappear, as magically as they first appeared?

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    – V2Blast
    May 2 '20 at 22:11
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Ask your DM or, if you're the DM, you need to make a call yourself

You've already quoted the relevant rules text:

For the duration, these plants turn the ground in the area into difficult terrain.[...]

When the spell ends, the conjured plants wilt away.

Putting to one side the instantaneous effect of this spell, when the plants appear they cause an area to become difficult terrain.

Logically, if something did not happen to the plants at the end of the spell's duration then the ground would continue to be difficult terrain. But the difficult terrain is explictly only present for the duration of the spell, the rules text reconciles this narratively by saying 'when the spell ends the conjured plants wilt away'.

What does it actually look like when the plants have wilted away? We don't know exactly, because the rules provide us with no further information.

You've suggested two reasonable outcomes: the floor might be littered with dead vegetation, or the plants might have disappeared completely (because magic). What happens in your game is up to the DM - whether that's you or someone else.

All the rules tell us for definite is that, even if there are a lot of dead plants around now, those dead plants don't inhibit movement through that space.

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