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Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Mayapple: Podophyllum peltatum, or mayapple, is a shade-loving perennial herb that is a native species to North America. It originated in the rich, fertile forests that once stretched from southeastern Canada to the upper southern states.
Mayapple is a shade-loving plant; however, it will also tolerate a partial shade setting. It's pretty easy to take care of.
To plant it, amend your soil with compost or shredded leaves, loosening it to allow proper drainage. After you plant your mayapple, you'll only need to water it occasionally, especially if you live in an arid climate. You might also de-compact the soil and add a generous scoop of compost once in a while. The mayapple is truly self-sufficient and does not need your assistance very often.
The Mayapple Plants Lovely Green Foliage
Those shady spots in your garden can be tricky. But too little sunshine need not mean you cannot have a lush, green garden!
Mayapple will grow into a nicely sized colony over a few seasons, helping to fill those shaded zones. Because it reaches as high as two feet, it has a fern-like presence.
A single stem of the Mayapple Plant produces a pair of large, umbrella-shaped leaves in a rich, glossy green. Each leaf can be about eight inches long and has five to seven lobes and a toothy edge.
The greenery emerges in the spring. After it grows the lovely, showy leaves, it produces single one-inch flowers in the fork of the leaf stalks. The cup-shaped, creamy white flowers typically have six petals and a bright yellow center.
The plant bears "mayapples" after the flowers fade, tiny apple-shaped fruits unfit for human consumption. However, the fruit will not go to waste! Garden visitors like songbirds will enjoy the bountiful feast.
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Mayapple Plants are a standard recommendation TN Nursery will make for people who need a lovely, ample foliage species for a shade garden. You will enjoy the immense, show-off greenery--order from TN Nursery today.
The plants get huge leaves yet stay close to the ground. Native Americans used
it as a purgative, to induce vomiting and for treatment of intestinal parasites,
warts and snakebite. In the 1940s it was thought to be a treatment for psoriasis
and genital warts. Great plant, good herbal medicine.
Beautiful - hope to get them into the ground this month. Plan to purchase more
Planted the Mayapples a couple days after receiving them, they’ve already emerged from the dirt and growing. I’m soooo excited!