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Podophyllum peltatum

Mayapple

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Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple)

This beautiful plant is like an umbrella in the shade garden. Large notched pairs of leaves up to one foot in width are held on 12" - 18" stalks. In the spring, simple creamy white single flowers dangles under the leaves. In May, "apples" form, which are actually the seed bodies. It is a great ground cover which spreads by runners to form large colonies. In summer and in dry situations it will go dormant. All plant parts are poisonous.

Additional Information:


Height
12-18 Inches

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Spread
15-24 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
White


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa), Pecan (Carya illinoensis), Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum), Marginal Shield Fern (Dryopteris marginalis), Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU

Season of Interest

Early (Feb-Apr)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Average
High
Moderate

Special Uses

Ground Cover

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map