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All parts (except ripe fruit) are poisonouis if ingested

Podophyllum peltatum

May Apple
Ground covers, Perennials, Decorative fruit or berries


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 ground covers for shady areas with moist, organically enriched soil.

Podophyllum peltatum

From eastern North America. To 1– 1 1/2ft. high, 1 ft. wide. Foliage is bronze when new; mature leaves are shiny dark green, to 1 ft.wide, divided into five to nine lobes. White flowers followed by bright yellow berries. Spreads fairly fast in its preferred rich,moist soil. Dies back completely in late summer.

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