Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
In bloom May 10 - May 22.
These 6-20 inch tall plants have one or two large conspicuous
umbrella shaped leaves which can be seen in groups long before
the plant flowers. You never just see one mayapple plant. Thats
because all the apparently individual plants in a group are
connected by an extensive system of underground stems. Each group
is in fact one single connected plant. Those upright stems that
are not old enough to flower have only one leaf. Flowers are
white with large petals. The yellow ripe fruits are edible and
are in part the basis of the plant's common name. Immature fruits
and all other plant parts including the seeds are poisonous. Mild
teas have been used in the past as a laxative.
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