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Mayapple, Podophyllum Peltatum

May apple is a shade perennial flower that makes its appearance in Spring. This plant can reach around 2 feet tall. The flower on this plant blooms in early May, and it also produces an apple-like fruit hence the name. Native Americans used this plant for stomach aches. They would boil the root and drink the juice. The Mayapple has also been used for treating warts. 

Mayapple Plants Add a Unique Look to Your Garden or Landscape

Mayapple is a fun perennial shade plant with large, attractive foliage that will add an unusual touch to your landscape. It grows showy leaves up to a foot in diameter and each season will form a single bloom per plant that then produces edible fruit. Perfect for a native plant garden or to create a woodland garden effect, the Mayapple is easy to grow and maintain. 

Do Mayapple plants need shade?

Gardeners love to plant it in their landscapes for its unique ornamental foliage that starts out looking like a closed umbrella before it unfurls to showcase highly indented olive-green and coppery leaves that spread fully open into a rich solid green shade by early summer. 

This plant reaches 12 to 18 inches tall and makes a perfect groundcover in otherwise hard to grow areas. They are spread via rhizomes which does easy work of propagating a large area but can also be started from seed. 


The Mayapple needs full to partial shade, which makes it an excellent choice for planting under large trees that other ornamental plants cannot tolerate.

Indigenous to eastern North America, it can survive periods of drought but will thrive in moist loamy soil with an abundance of organic materials present, like fallen leaves. These perennials are best grown in zones 3 through 8.

Mayapple plant ships bare root year round.
  • USDA Zones 3-8
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Growing Zones:
  • Color: White, Yellow
  • Season: Spring, Summer
  • Height: 12-18 inches
  • Exposure: Partial Sun and Shade
  • Ships As: Root/Rhizome
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 16 reviews
  • 5

    Nov 22, 2022 Reviewer: Gabi Eleby

    Barefooted plants looked great. One one the small bus where the plant will grow from had broken off. Since the roots are healthy I am sure it will make a new one. I planted all right away. The soil is not frozen yet, so I think they should be just fine. This is my third order from you. All the other plants were just as healthy and have taken up their job of growing immediately. Thank you so much for offering such great resources.

  • 5

    Nov 11, 2022 Reviewer: Mary

    My bare root plants shipped the same day that I placed the order. They were good healthy thick roots with budding tips. I have received bare root hepatica in a past order that all sprouted so I am very happy with this nursery.

  • 5

    Oct 18, 2022 Reviewer: Jan Wilson

    The roots that I received were not dry or withered.

  • 5
    Mayapple Kudos

    Sep 16, 2022 Reviewer: Gordy

    First, the bare root Mayapples I received were the cleanest, plumpest, healthiest looking roots I’ve ever seen from mail order, kudos, very impressed.

  • 3
    May Apple

    Sep 06, 2022 Reviewer: Judy Oliver

    I received a couple of bare-rooted plants which have yet to emerge, so I ordered a couple more and potted those. The order arrived quickly and the roots looked healthy.