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Podophyllum peltatum

Also called Indian Apple, Wild Mandrake


Podophyllum peltatum - Mayapple

More About Podophyllum peltatum

  • Palmately-lobed, mid-green leaves are up to 25 cm wide
  • Generally only one leaf per stem, sometimes two
  • Flowers have six to nine, white petals with yellow stamens
  • Fragrant flowers are hidden below the foliage
  • Flowers give way to yellowish-green berries
  • May apple spreads by rhizomes to form dense, vegetative colonies
  • Bloom Time: May
  • Flower Size: 3.5 cm

Interesting Notes:

  • Native to Ontario
  • May apple refers to the apple-like blossoms forming in May 
  • Berries can be used in preserves and jellies
  • Note: the berries are only edible when fully ripe.  All other plant parts may be poisonous.

Zone:

4

Height:

30-45 cm

Spread:

40-50 cm

Colour:

White
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Mayapple Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to moist, well-drained, organic soil, in partial to fully shaded gardens. Often found naturalizing in open, deciduous woodlands or at  a woodland edge. Foliage goes dormant by mid to late summer.  


Podophyllum peltatum Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Fragrant
Fragrant
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Juglan Tolerant
Berries

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge
Border/edging
Naturalizing