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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 to 18 inches
Plant Spread: 9 to 12 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Dormant in summer.
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous

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Common names
  • Mayapple
  • Ground Lemon
  • Puck's Foot
  • Indian Apple
  • Wild Mandrake

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Location:  zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2021-04-15
Location: Western North Carolina
Date: 2015-04-14
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Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2023-05-24

Date: 2018-05-17
Location: Bea's garden
Date: 2021
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2021
Location: Iowa
Date: 2017-05-09
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2023-09-21
Sport from Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum 2023
Location: Amana Colonies Iowa
Date: May 2011
A lovely early spring wildflower
Location: Maine
Date: 2022-05-27
Looking underneath the leaves
Location: Fairfax, VA
Four lobes... good luck?
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2016-04-09
Location: Iowa
Date: 2018-05-08
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2023
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-04-21
Location: Hiking Trail In Fairfax :-)
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2016-04-09
Location: Twisp
Date: June 2017
Location: Keystone State Park, PA
Date: May 2019
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2022-05-30
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) flower.
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-04-22
First sign of re-emergence, late April
Location: Duff Park, Monroeville PA
Date: 2006-05-04
Location: Maine
Date: 2022-05-27
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Northern WI.
Date: 2015-05-24
Location: Northwest NJ
Date: 2016-05-24
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2012-06-27
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: Amana Colonies Iowa
Date: May 2011
Umbrella shaped leaves

Date: c. 1773
illustration by Georges Ehret from Trew's 'Plantæ selectæ', 177
Location: Twisp
Date: May
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-09
Location: Fairfax, VA | May, 2023
Location: Northern New York
Date: 6/28/2020
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: April
The female plant produces the fruit and is distiguished as having
Location: Bea's garden
Date: 2022
Location: Shawnee State Park PA
Date: 2018-04-21
smaller than my pinkie finger
Location: Shawnee State Park PA
Date: 2018-04-21
Location: Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska
Date: 2012-03-27
Location: Vaughan, ON, Canada (Zone 5b)
Date: 2013-05-03
Location: Lake Bluff, Il
Date: 2012-05-07 
May-Apple
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-04-25

Photo: Steve Shivley

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Photo by SongofJoy
Location: Northern WI.
Date: 2015-05-24

Date: 2007-10-15
Credit Alexey Sergeev
Location: Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-06-06
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Houston
Date: 2014-05-22
Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, Tx
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-03-29
Location: Northwest NJ
Date: 2016-05-24
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2012-03-16
Location: Keystone State Park, PA
Date: May 2019

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Location: Shaded area of hardwoods. Each single leaf produces one small white flower just under the leaf at the stem.
Date: 2018-06-14
The deer will forage this plant before any other in the vicinity.
Location: Iowa
Date: 2017-05-09
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-04-25
Location: Kentucky
Date: 2018-05-05
Location: West shade garden
Date: May 2015
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-05-10
Location: West shade garden
Date: May 2015
Location: Tennessee
Tennessee.gov
Location: Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-06-06
Location: Plymouth Nursery, Plymouth, MI
Date: 2011-05-12
Location: Plymouth Nursery, Plymouth, MI
Date: 2011-05-12
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2012-04-13
large umbrella-like leaves
Location: Keystone State Park, PA
Date: May 2019
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Northwestern Illinois, along the Mississippi R.
Date: summer '06
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2019-05-04
Location: Maine
Date: 2013-05-31
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5
Date: 2011-09-14

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: West shade garden
Date: June 2015
Location: West shade garden
Date: May 2013
Location: Twisp
Date: 2015-05-17

Date: 2007-10-13
Credit Alexey Sergeev

Date: 2007-10-13
Credit Alexey Sergeev

Date: 2007-10-13
Credit Alexey Sergeev
Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, Tx
Date: 2014-05-22
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2010-04-16

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Location: Anapodophyllon Canadense, Morini: Ranuncolo peregrino con il fiore bianco Campanulato.(Mayapple from Canada) 
Date: 2013-02-13
Catesby, M., The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Ba
Location: Rhode Island
Date: 2013-06-02
Location: Rhode Island
Date: 2013-06-02
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Comments:
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 9, 2012 7:14 AM concerning plant:
    Mayapple is a common wildflower of good woodland soil throughout the eastern two-thirds of North America. In early spring, solitary stems poke up from the soil like thick fingers. These gradually lengthen and then unfurl exposing two 12" wide, umbrella-like, glossy green leaves, first drooping and protective, then held flat outright. Older plants will have a single large white nodding flower where the two leaf petioles fork. The flowers are hard to see beneath the leaves and are short-lived. Successful pollination results in red berries, which is the apple, in early summer. Then the plant heads back underground until next spring. But while it is up, mayapple will cover quite a bit of ground in time; it's leaves so dense and wide-spreading that it appears as a solid ground cover. (Sunlight Gardens)
  • Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 10, 2015 3:45 PM concerning plant:
    "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs. William Starr Dana tells us that the flowers of this plant are "unpleasantly odoriferous". The author also notes that the fruit, which ripens in July, has been called "wild lemon" in some areas on account of its shape. She further states that it was valued by the Indians for medicinal purposes. However, she also states that the "leaves and roots are poisonous if taken internally, and are said to have been used as a pot herb, with fatal results." Still, she says an extract from the plant has been used in medicine.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 25, 2014 6:06 AM concerning plant:
    Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) is a woodland wildflower native to eastern North America. Its white blossoms serve as an important source of nectar for early-emerging bees in the springtime, and it is a larval host plant for the Variegated Fritillary Butterfly. Its flowers give way to a greenish fruit in the summer which can be used to make jellies and preserves. Mayapple spreads by both rhizomes and self-seeding and can form colonies when left to spread. The plant usually goes dormant by midsummer.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 26, 2011 11:45 PM concerning plant:
    The Mayapple was used by the Native Americans and very early herbalists as a medicinal plant, though not internally because the plant is toxic.
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