Genus: Mayapple

Podophyllum

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Mayapple (Podophyllum)
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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

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Hybrid mayapple, Asian mayapple
Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope'
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American mandrake
Podophyllum peltatum