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Podophyllum hexandrum
Podophyllum hexandrum

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Zone
Zones 4-7, 14-17, 32-34, 37, 39
Partial SunNo Sun
Partial, Shade
Ample WaterRegular Water
Ample, Moderate
Toxicity
All parts (except ripe fruit) are poisonouis if ingested

Podophyllum hexandrum

Berberidaceae
Ground covers, Perennials, Decorative fruit or berries

PODOPHYLLUM

Odd-looking yet striking plants, these herbaceous barberry relatives grow from thick underground rhizomes that send up stalks crowned with large, umbrella-shaped, deeply lobed leaves. Shoots with a single leaf are flowerless; those with two leaves bear a single 2-in.-wide flower (set between the leaves) in mid- to late spring. Blooms are followed by juicy, 2-in. berries; these are edible when fully ripe (poisonous until that stage) but can have a powerful laxative effect. Make attractive, slowly spreading deciduous groundcovers for shady areas with moist, organically enriched soil.

Podophyllum hexandrum

From the Himalayas and western China. Grows to 2–2 1/2 ft. tall and 1 1/2–2 ft. wide. Dark green, brown-mottled leaves to 10 in. wide are divided into three or five lobes; each lobe is further divided. White or pink flowers are followed by bright red berries.

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