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Directory of Wildflowers

Mayapple
Podophyllum peltatum

Mayapples emerging in spring
Mayapples emerging in spring

Quick Profile

Exposure
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
12 - 18 Inches
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 8 
 
Native To:
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Missouri
Ohio
Wisconsin
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Bloom Color
White
 
Bloom Season
April - June
 

Features

Each plant has a single, nodding white flower held below the umbrella-like leaves. The flower may be followed by a yellow fruit if pollination occurs (it often does not).

Culture

Partial shade; moist, well drained soils.

Notes

Found in woods. This plant is an aggressive grower and can form large colonies. Many parts of the plant are poisonous.