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Podophyllum peltatum

Podophyllum peltatum
Declining foliage in mid-June
Podophyllum peltatum
Stubby new growth, just emerging late April

Common name mayapple
Family berberidaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-9)
Flowers white (mid-spring)
Size 12-18"
Light light shade
Cultural notes moist to somewhat dry soil

Woodland perennial wildflower native to deciduous forests of the northeastern United States. It prefers to grow in loamy soil rich in organic matter. Fragrant white flowers appear in spring, followed by pale yellow fruits, which are edible (unlike the rest of the plant, which is toxic). The foliage dies down at the end of summer. Plants send up either one or two leaves; the ones with one leaf don't flower. The photo at right was taken in mid-June, showing the leaves going into decline.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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