Genus: Mayapple Podophyllum Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner Mayapple (Podophyllum) poe-doe-FIL-lum Berberidaceae Podophyllum is a genus of about nine species of woodland perennials from North America and parts of Asia, mostly grown for their foliage and form. A patch of mayapples in the garden looks like a parade of open parasols. Flowers are pink, white, or red, but they are somemtimes hidden under the foliage. Blooms are followed by 1- to 2-inch fruit that looks like small apples or eggs. It is sometimes eaten by wildlife. Some species have leaves marbled with purple or brown markings. Mayapples belong in a woodland garden or other moist, shady area. They can spread by rhizomes to form large colonies. Noteworthy characteristics: Umbrella-like, lobed foliage. Most species are highly toxic. Care: Grow in full or part shade in woodsy, moist soil. Propagation: As soon as seeds are ripe, sow them in containers in an open frame. Plants may be divided in spring or late summer. Problems: Slugs may eat new spring growth. Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Podophyllum 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hybrid mayapple, Asian mayapple Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 American mandrake Podophyllum peltatum View the discussion thread.