Native Plant Database

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Mayapple

Podophyllum peltatum
Plant Type: Spring Ephemeral
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Pollinators, Food/Small Animals
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

12 to
18
inches

Spread:

15 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
18
inches
Spread: 15 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
18
inches
Spread: 15 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
A wonderful groundcover for the shade-will add a naturalized look quickly to a new garden due to the size of its leaves.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers shade and moderate to moist, loamy soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

Umbrellas in the shade garden is a good way to describe this plant. Pairs of large notched leaves, up to 1′ wide, are held on 12-18″ stalks. Beautifully simple creamy white single flowers dangle under its leaves in spring, a delight to see! The ‘apples’ which are the seed bodies, form in May. All plant parts are poisonous. A great ground cover plant. Will go dormant in dry situations and in summer. Spreads by runners.

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