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Podophyllum peltatum/Mayapple

Podophyllum peltatum / Podophyllum peltatum
Palmately shaped leaves
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Palmately shaped leaves

Ground cover planting in late winter and early spring

Nodding flower produced under unbrella of leaves


Close-up of flower and foliage with purple flowers of trillium nearby

To achieve this density plants must grow in soil that contains a high percentage of humus

A large colony of mayapple

Close-up of mayapple foliage

Mayapple growing along a path in a naturalistic setting

Two good companion plants -- mayapple on left and trillium on right

Fruit is late spring

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Scientific Name: Podophyllum peltatum
Common Name: Mayapple
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Spring, Summer
Fruit color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This colony forming, native perennial has creamy-white sauser-shaped twin flowers in spring. These are followed by yellow, lemon shaped fruit in April to May in the South and later in northern locations such as Minnesota and Quebec. A cool season plant that fades out as the weather gets hot.