Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native ground cover spreads to carpet the floor of mixed deciduous forests from eastern Canada to Florida and is common throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Its umbrella-like leaves may hide showy but sparse white flowers that emerge from two-leaved plants in early spring. Its fully ripened fruit,* the mayapple, can be used for preserves and jellies.

*Consult expert guide before using/eating mayapple. Fruit should be fully ripe–yellow, soft, wrinkly, and odorous. Do not eat the seeds or skin. Do not overeat.

 

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