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About Mayapple

Podophyllum is an herbaceous perennial plant in the family Berberidaceae, described as a genus by Linnaeus in 1753. In the past, several species were included in the genus, but all but one have been transferred to other genera.

From a single stem, each plant features one or two, deeply-divided, palmately-lobed, umbrella-like, pale green leaves. Flowers are quite showy but usually hidden by the umbrella-like leaves. Each flower gives wa

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name May-apple, American mandrake, wild mandrake, ground lemon
Maximum Reachable Height 1 to 1.50 feet
Flower Colour White
Bloom Time April
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • The ground that Podophyllum plants grow in should be mulched in spring (wood chips) and autumn (leaf mild) to protect the plant.
  • As they like a moist soil they should be watered frequently.
  • If you require more plants then they can be propagated by division once the plant has finished flowering.

    Mayapple care

    Mayapples can either be grown from Rhizomes or from seeds. If growing from Rhizomes bury them about 3 cm deep. The seeds should be fresh and sown into flats, under glass, in a shaded part of the garden in august or September
    Seeds can take from one to six months to germinate. Once you see seedlings let them grow for a year; transplant to individual pots and allow the Mayapple to grow for a further year, then transplant into the garden in spring or autumn.

    Sunlight Full Sun
    Watering Medium
    Soil Average, medium moisture, well-drained soil
    Temperature -15 degrees C
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Mayapple special feature

    Excellent for naturalizing in woodland settings, wild or native plant gardens. Because plants naturalize freely but go dormant in summer (foliage disappears), mayapple is not considered a good border plant.

    Mayapple uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • Mayapple has been used by American Indians as an emetic, cathartic, and antihelmintic agent

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Mayapple?

    Mayapple is commonly known as May-apple, American mandrake, wild mandrake, ground lemon

    How tall do Mayapple grow?

    On average Mayapple grows 1 to 1.50 feet

    What color are Mayapple?

    A Mayapple plant bears flowers of color White

    When Mayapple blooms?

    With enough light, Mayapple may produce White flowers in April

    How hard is Mayapple to grow?

    A Mayapple is Easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Mayapple need?

    A Mayapple prefers Full Sun

    How much water does a Mayapple need?

    A Mayapple prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Mayapple need?

    A Mayapple prefers Average, medium moisture, well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Mayapple like?

    A Mayapple prefers -15 degrees C

    How often should I fertilize my Mayapple?

    To encourage Mayapple growth, Apply any organic fertilizer

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