Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ephemerals
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: berries, colonizing, edible, ephemeral, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, poisonous, shade garden plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Podophyllum peltatumAlso known as:
pomme de mai,
Colonies of this showy woodland plant are a common sight in damp, open woods and on riverbanks. May apple is easily recognized by its large, deeply divided, umbrella-shaped leaves which unfurl in early spring from a single stem. A solitary, nodding, white, and occasionally tinged with yellow or pink, flower grows from the axil of two-leaved plants (single leaved plants will not bloom).The fleshy, yellow berry that follows gave the May apple its common name.
Podophyllum peltatum is easily grown in the dappled shade of deciduous trees where it will form a loose canopy that seems to float above the ground . It needs acidic, moist, humus-rich soil. It will spread quickly under favorable conditions. This species is ephemeral and goes completely dormant in summer. It can be combined with late-emerging plants that can tolerate the root competition, such as Eurybia divaricata and Solidago flexicaulis. Blooms in spring, March to May. Zones 4-8
Self seeds under optimum conditions. Collected seeds will require cold, moist stratification. Easy to propagate by root division when the plant is dormant.
The ripe fruit of May apple is edible and can be used in jams and jellies.The leaves, roots, seeds and unripe fruit are poisonous if ingested in large quantities.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: FL
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