Podophyllum pelatum, Mayapple

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Mayapple isn't native outside of the eleven or so counties packed into the southeastern corner of the state. Still, many people recall this plant from childhood or just plain want it in their shady yards and gardens. I was on a trail crew, once, and we were tearing out Mayapple that had overgrown the sides of the trail. I couldn't let them go to waste, so I put them in a plastic grocer bag and brought them home 6 hours later. It was summer, but they transplanted well enough into the only shade we had under a yew tree up against our apartment building. They did well and I think that speaks to the toughness of Mayapple. If they like the conditions planted in, they will spread.

Blooms: white, May into June

Height: 12 to 18 inches 

Conditions: mostly shade to full shade, moist-medium to medium soils