Podophyllum peltatum

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Mayapple, American Mandrake, Duck's Foot, Hog Apple, Indian Apple, Indian Apple Root, Mandrake, Raccoonberry, Umbrella Leaf, Wild Lemon
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Podophyllum peltatum, or Mayapple, is native to most of the eastern United States. It grows in woods, as well as woodland edges, sometimes in clearings and sometimes in deep shade. It blooms in early to mid spring, with large white flowers.

This plant is hard to mistake, with its umbrella like leaves. It has a flower between the two leaves that makes a lemon-shaped fruit that is edible only when ripe. If picked too early, it is poisonous, along with the rest of the plant.

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