May Apple (Price includes 3 quart plants)

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Podophyllum peltatum

Exposure: Partial sun- Full shade

Moisture: Medium- Medium dry

Height: 12 inches

Bloom: May

Attracts: The flowers are cross-pollinated by bumblebees and other long-tongued bees. These insects collect pollen and possibly suck nectar. The larvae of a sawfly, Aglaostigma quattuordecimpunctatum, feed on the leaves. Adults of a thrips, Ctenothrips bridwelli, have been found on the foliage. The foliage of Mayapple is avoided by mammalian herbivores because of its poisonous qualities and bitter taste. The seeds and rhizomes are also poisonous. The berries are edible if they are fully ripe; they are eaten by box turtles and possibly by such mammals as opossums, raccoons, and skunks. The seeds are distributed to new locations in the feces of these animals.