Podophyllum peltatum

Common name: May Apple

Native plant

Mayapple has only 2 leaves and 1 flower, which grows in the axil of the leaves. The large umbrella-like leaves are showy and conspicuous. They stay closed as the stem lengthens, unfolding 6–8 inches across when the plant has reached its full height of 12”-18”. The single white to rose-colored flower has 6–9 waxy petals. The fruit is a large, fleshy, lemon-shaped berry. Prefers rich, moist, humusy soils in part or full shade and often forms large colonies under these conditions. Mayapple is a true ephemeral. By mid-late summer it will do a disappearing act until the following spring.

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Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 3
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Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Moist Woods, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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