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- 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
Some plants produce a white, yellow, or red flower with six to nine petals. All parts of the May Apple plant are poisonous, aside from the mature fruit if seeds are removed.
May Apple is an excellent natural herb. It can be used to remove warts and moles from the skin when used under the supervision of a professional herbalist. This plant is considered to be poisonous and should only be used by professionals. It can also be used to help with liver problems when used by physicians.The roots and leaves, however, are rather poisonous so best to avoid them. It will go dormant in the summer much like most early spring bloomers. It has no severe disease or insect problems, but it is not considered as a good border plant. It will also self-seed under optimum growing conditions and would best be suited to a wild plant garden. It will also tolerate dry poorer soils and drought. As this flower grows, it appears as little small umbrellas were growing in a garden and then displays beautiful white blooms during April. It looks impressive when added to gardens and natural areas and also creates a gorgeous natural look and feel to areas where planted. This plant loves to be planted in soils that are rich and humusy and are also well drained. The plant made up of five or six green leaves, and the flower will appear underneath the blades when in bloom. They can be seen growing random in wooded locations that provide the right soils and lighting for them. These are great wildflowers and brightens up all gardens where they are planted.