Mayapple, Himalayan (Podophyllum hexandrum), packet of 10 seeds

$3.95

Family:  Mayapple (Podophyllaceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 9

Woodland herbaceous perennial to 12 inches, native to the Himalayas at medium elevation.  Originally quite abundant in Kashmir, the plant is now considered rare and protected throughout most of its range (IUCN red listed). As a source of podophyllin and berberine, this species is about twice as potent as American Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum).  Himalayan mandrake has been harvested extensively for production of podophyllotoxin which is used in anticancer therapy.  Traditionally the root and rhizome were used as a cholagogue (bile stimulant) and for the antirheumatic as well as antimitotic effects.  Currently, this is considered a low-dose botanical that is employed only with great caution at the advice of a medical doctor and never during pregnancy.  As a plant of the shade garden or potted specimen, the strangely lobed leaves and large flowers that give way to the red-orange fruits are handsome and fascinating. I personally have found these to be a very satisfying grow, gratifyingly unusual (most folks have never seen them), and they do well in moist shade in our woodlands at a modest 1,200 foot elevation.  The plant prefers rich, moist soil and part shade.  Plant the seeds in the fall for germination in the spring.  The seedlings are unmistakable–they look like tiny umbrellas.  Space plants 2 feet apart.  If conditions are ideal, the plant will slowly spread.

5 seeds per packet, open-pollinated, untreated, NO GMO’s

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