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Scientific Name:

Podophyllum peltatum


Mayapple is a herbaceous perennial with umbrella-like leaves and a single white flower at the center. It produces a fruit that resembles a small apple.


Woodlands, shaded areas


Mayapple provides cover and habitat for small animals and insects. It is also a food source for various wildlife species, including white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.

Growing Conditions:

Mayapple prefers well-drained, moist soils in partial to full shade.


Mayapple has medicinal uses in traditional herbal medicine. It is also used as an ornamental plant in shade gardens.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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All parts of the plant, especially the roots, are poisonous

Fun Facts:

Mayapple gets its name from the month of May when its foliage typically appears.

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