Podophyllum peltatum L.

Mayapple, American Mandrake, Wild Mandrake


Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Podophyllum

Category: Perennial

Zones: 3 to 8

Size: To 18" tall, 12" wide

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade

Description: 

Rhizomatous wildflower with one or two palmate, umbrella-like leaves, to 12" diameter. A single nodding white flower grows on a stem from the leaf-axil on two-leaved plants. Blooms in early spring and flowers are often hidden by the leaves. Followed by fleshy greenish fruit, edible.Prefers rich, well-drained soil.

History: 

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 505 in 1753. Reference is made to Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 24.

Native to eastern Canada and eastern and central US.


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