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Mayapple - Podophyllum peltatum

Common names are: mayapple, devil's apple, duck's foot, ground lemon, hog apple, Indian apple, mandrake, racoonberry, umbrella plant, vegetable calomel, vegetable mercury, wild jalap, wild lemon, wild mandrake, yellowberry.

Native Americans may have used a powdered root preparation as an insecticide on their crops and soaked seeds in a decoction to protect them from pests. Wildflowers of Southeastern US

This plant is highly poisonous!

Plants with two leaves will have one blossom at the fork where the leaves join the stem, but plants with one leaf are immature and will not bloom. Mayapple

"Mayapples grow in colonies from underground rhizones." Ryerson Woods Spring Wildflowers


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Posted 10/2/05 Cindy O'Hora