Tag Archives: Podophyllum peltatum

GROUND COVER: 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 Canada to Florida. Its showy white flowers emerge from two- leaved plants in early spring, but can be hidden by the umbrella-like leaves. Its edible fruit, the mayapple, can be used for preserves and jellies. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Peltate

Plants with peltate leaves are rare in temperate climates like our mid-Atlantic states, appearing more commonly in tropical areas. But spring is a time when we see one of our local native ephemerals spreading out in broad colonies in the woods or on their edges like so many little umbrellas. Podophyllum peltatum, commonly known as mayapple, spreads via rhizomes and sends up stems that attach directly to the center of its lobed leaves. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Berry

Can you identify any berries among the edibles to the right? Although nutritionists consider tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, and eggplants vegetables, botanists categorize them as fruits. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Ephemeral

Some of the most popular and widely available ephemerals on the retail market are spring-blooming bulbs and corms like crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi, snowdrops, and tulips…In the United States, the term “spring ephemerals” usually refers to native North American wildflowers whose natural habitat is a deciduous forest. Continue reading

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