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The healing power of May Apple

Wednesday, April 6

This is a very unusual plant because many people read the name and mistake it for being a type of apple tree, but it is far from it.

The May Apple is an herbal plant that falls into the perennial category and can only reach heights of up to 18 inches.

The leaves only come in one or two to a group with one or two very uncommon flowers. Each leaf is yellowish-green and is shaped like an umbrella.

The blooms are white at first and usually show themself in mid-spring and will continue until late spring. Most flowers have six petals, but some may have up to 9. The Mayapple does bear fruit that is similar to the shape, size, and color of lime.

The Mayapple can best be found across the southeast and often in areas where the grass is seasonally mowed, such as rich woods and forests. May Apples typically grow in groups or clusters and are shiny and stand out versus the flowers that need to be looked at before because they hang below the leaves.

The fruit can be eaten, but the other parts of the plants are deemed to be toxic and poisonous. If the root is broken down into a powder and gets into one’s eyes, it is considered to be highly irritant. The Mayapple has been used by the Native Americans for many years as a reliable laxative to treat worms and other things. It is not recommended to use this plant as a home remedy. Although it has been documented that the root of this plant has been used in cancer medications, it has also been documented that Native Americans would use this plant to commit suicide, the suicide which would happen just a few short hours after ingestion.

Source of Information on the May Apple

Mayapple - TN Nursery

Mayapple

Mayapple is a woodland perennial plant with distinctive, umbrella-like leaves and a single nodding white flower beneath its foliage, producing a small, edible fruit when pollinated, commonly found in shady forest environments. It is a fascinating native plant in North America with various landscaping benefits. With its unique appearance and adaptability, Mayapple can contribute to outdoor spaces' aesthetic and ecological aspects. Mayapple Is a Great Way to Green Up Your Yard Mayapples yield drooping blooms that range in color from white to rose throughout spring. Their leaves are broad and umbrella-shaped, with only one blossom per leaf axil. The flowers grow up to three inches wide. Each flower boasts white filaments, anywhere from six to nine waxy petals, double the number of stamens, six green petals, and yellow anthers. Because they are transient spring plants, they are only in bloom for a short period of time. Upon opening, the flower releases its petals. These plants can rise up to a foot and a half tall. They produce a golden-colored fruit in late May. The fruit doesn't ripen until August. Provide a Haven for Pollinators With This Perennial It is easy to spot for pollinators because of its large, prominent blossoms. Its display of six to nine perfectly arranged petals adds to its attractiveness. This, combined with their abundance of pollen, makes them a haven for pollinators like bees and beetles. Their early spring blooming schedule coincides well with the pollinating needs of many early-emerging pollinators. Make Your Yard Healthier With TN Nursery As a perennial, they improve the yard's health and biodiversity year after year. These plants have a natural look that can add lots of shade and moisture to your yard or garden. Their roots have the ability to draw water up from deeper soil levels, which helps keep the topsoil from drying out too much. When the weather becomes warmer, their leaves unfold and swell, transforming into pleated spirals adorned with delicate hair around their edges. These leaves transform into intricately lobed structures resembling umbrellas, functioning as efficient machines for photosynthesis. Achieve Better Weed Control  They grow really fast and in dense clusters, helping them outcompete many weed species by limiting their access to sunlight, water, and nutrients. Their extensively spreading roots add to their ability to limit weed growth, and their allelopathic effects inhibit weed germination by acting as a natural herbicide. Once their leaves fall off, they decay and release vital nutrients into the soil. This makes the soil healthier and hinders weed growth.

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