We begin shipping forest roots after they go dormant, around the end of September.  Feel free to pre-order these live dormant roots.  First come, first served.

Mayapple, American Live root (Podophyllum peltatum), Organic

ROOTS ship starting late September.  If you order ROOTS along with seeds, the seeds will ship first and the roots will follow in season. We dig after dormancy in order to assure a good bud set–usually beginning in late August and ending early December.   We ship roots inside the US only.

Family:  Mayapple (Podophyllaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

(American Mayapple, American Mandrake) Colony-forming perennial native to the Eastern US. Each stalk is crowned by  a single, wide, softly turgid, palmate leaf. Many leaves lock together to form a sort of communal umbrella that shades the ground and helps maintain fertility.  In spring a waxy, white flower of delightful fragrance erupts and gives way to the greenish, apple-like fruits.  A bed of mayapple makes a magical landscape feature.  Traditional usage of the rhizome (American Indian, TWM):  anticarcinogenic and liver stimulant. Low-dose botanical, potentially toxic at high doses.   The plants will tolerate full sun but prefer part shade and grow best in rich, moist soils. Nestle the root down horizontally 1 inch deep in the mineral soil and leave the growing tip angled up.   Mulch with leaves.  Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart.

Live Root, certified organically grown

 

 

 

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  1. Question

    GWYNPETERDI (verified owner)

    Hello, in October 2019, I planted the Mayapple, American Live root (Podophyllum peltatum) in a shady area that turned out to be not that shady in the summer. Even though I kept it watered, the small plant withered. Should I try and replant it in a different more shady spot soon, if there is still a root, or should I wait till spring? Thank you

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      Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      Hi! Oh, it’s still there! First year they sleep, second year they creep and third year they leap! Don’t try to move it, the process will have to start all over again. Richo

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    • turo

      What is the best way to use the root

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Turo,
      Normally this isn’t used in current herbal practice. There is a pharmaceutical concentrate (podophyllotoxin) that is used in chemotherapy.
      Richo

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    • Rachael Lin Pitcairn

      Are the ripe fruits edible? Are they palatable?

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      Hello Rachel, Deer like to eat the fruits. They are not palatable or edible for humans. Richo

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