Demonstration Wetlands Garden Project

Water Mill Museum, Old Mill Road, Water Mill, New York

Mayapple   Podophyllum peltatum

This common woodland plant grows to a height of about one foot. Each plant produces large umbrella-like leaves that shelter a single large white flower.  After pollination by bees in the spring, a round two-inch yellow fruit is produced.  The plant spreads mainly by long, thin horizontal roots. It prefers semi-shade and moist soil that is not water-logged.  Gloves should be worn when handling the roots because they are poisonous.

image credits: Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database


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