Podophyllum pelatatum, Mayapple

Podophyllum pelatatum, Mayapple

A cherished woodland Missouri native perennial. Large umbrella like leaves up to 12″ in diameter emerge from a single stem. Plants will have either 1 or two leaves. From the two leaf plants a single, modding white 3″ flowers appear, but is usually hidden under the umbrella leaves. An edible green mayapple fruit follows which turns golden and is used to makes preserves and jellies. However, its leaves and roots are poisonous. Spreads by rhizomes to make beautiful colonies. Plants go dormant in summer. Excellent in the woodland where it easily naturalizes.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Podophyllum pelatatum

Common Name

Mayapple

Bloom Color

White

Bloom Time

Spring

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Part Shade, Shade

Height

12-18″

Width

12″

Uses

Beds, Missouri Native Plant, Naturalize, Woodland Gardens

Resistance

Drought

Soil

Average, Dry, Rich

Water Needs

Average

Zone

3-8

Plant Type

Perennial