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May Apple Plant


Description: Mayapple - Podophyllum peltatum Hardy Planting Zones- 3-8 Sun or Shade – Woodland Shade Mature Height - 11"-18" Mature Width- 12"-16" Bloom Season – Spring (May) Gardener Status- Beginner
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    May Apple Plant - Podophyllum


    Also known as Wild Mandrake, because of the similarities of the roots to the real European Mandrake, or Ground Lemon, most likely for the small, yellow fruit it bears, the May Apple plant is a hardy yet striking ground cover. Native to the Eastern region of North America, this flowering ground cover grows well in most temperate climates. The dark green foliage and waxy, large white or pink flowers have a tropical appeal that sets them apart from the deciduous flora to which they are native. Branching stems of between 11 and 15 inches grow in dense mats from central rhizomes, sending up new shoots bearing two broad, showy, green leaves every year. While this perennial may take a year or two to flower, it is well worth the wait, as the last blossoms are beautiful, exotic-looking blooms ranging in color from snowy white to a rose blush. These pleasantly fragrant flowers develop into small fruits that turn lemon-yellow in the late summer when ripe. All parts of the May Apple were used for centuries in Native American medicines and remedies, and are still used in modern homeopathy. This striking plant is exceptionally hardy, thriving despite heavy shade and lack of water, although it prefers partial shade and moist soil. Equally suited to full sun, this dense foliage makes a beautiful cover for almost any environment, and brings a touch of exotic elegance to the eye with the hardiness of a wildflower. The glossy green umbrella-like leaves are as stunning framing a stone path as they are filling in large spaces between other plants. While any yard or landscape would be accented beautifully by this versatile and exceptional foliage, May Apple is perfect for the gardener looking for something unique and unusual to add to the landscaping of most semi-shaded terrain.


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    1. Made my yard

      Small blooms but shows a lot of color, birds love it on Apr 1st 2017

    2. Well packaged

      Came well packaged and labeled, I am glad I would have never knew which ones were what. on Apr 1st 2017

    3. Very pleased they are healthy

      They were smaller than I thought but seem healthy on Apr 1st 2017

    4. Keep it

      Definitely plan on keeping this plant as long as it lives, the birds and me love it on Mar 31st 2017

    5. Name fits

      The name fits this plant well. It has small colorful flowers and is a show stopper. on Mar 29th 2017

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