With attractive flowers and foliage, Podophyllum peltatum is a woodland plant commonly called the Mayapple.
It is excellent in a areas beneath tall deciduous trees where it can be allowed to spread to form a large clump. Although the flowers are attractive it is probably not really a feature plant, however well worth a spot in the garden.
The flowers are followed by small fruits (mayapples) and these are poisonous when not fully ripe. As they turn yellow and slowly ripen they are reported to be used to eat fresh or make jams and jellies. The seeds, foliage and roots are not edible and are poisonous, and we do not recommend eating any part of this plant due to the poisonous nature.
- Dig the soil over well or in a container use a good quality potting soil or compost.
- Plant in a humus rich well drained soil.
- Water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Top dress each year with some well rotted compost.
- Water during dry periods over spring to summer.
This a plant that spreads by underground rhizomes, it can also be propagated from seed.
- Botanical Name – Podophyllum peltatum
- Common Name – Mayapple, Wild Mandrake.
- Family – Berberidaceae
- Position – Dappled shade.
- Soil – Well drained with some moisture.
- Height – To around 30cms (12 inches).
- Spread – To around 20cm 8inches.
- Flowers – White with six petals.
- Flowering time – Spring.
- Foliage – Mid to deep green and deeply lobed.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – Medium (Summer dormant)
Podophyllum peltatum or American Mayapple is available for sale from the following participating nurseries
In Melbourne try –
GENTIANA NURSERY – 03 9751 2163
Olinda Monbulk Rd. Olinda.