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Zones 1-7, 28-43
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Ample, Moderate
Toxicity
All parts (except ripe fruit) are poisonouis if ingested

Podophyllum peltatum

May Apple
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 peltatum

From eastern North America. Grows to 1–1 1/2 ft. tall and 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 are followed by bright yellow berries. Spreads fairly fast in its preferred rich, moist soil. Dies back completely in late summer.

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