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Connecticut Plants
Mayapple
Podophyllum peltatum L.

Mayapples have umbrella-like leaves on foot-tall stems. Plants with a forked stem and two "umbrellas" produce a single flower in the fork. The flowers are frequently pollinated by queen bumble bees. The fruit is yellow and the size of a large grape, and it is edible when ripe, though all other plant parts (including unripe fruit) are poisonous. The fruit is eaten by box turtles.

  • Family: barberry (Berberidaceae)
  • Habitat: woods
  • Height: 12-18 inches
  • Flower size: 2 inches across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: April to June
  • Origin: native
Podophyllum peltatum L.

Photographed in Mercer County, New Jersey in late April.

Podophyllum peltatum L.

Photographed in Mercer County, New Jersey in late April.

Podophyllum peltatum L.
Podophyllum peltatum L.

The new foliage of mayapples is glossy, so a patch of them gleams in the woods.