Mayapple, American Live root (Podophyllum peltatum), Organic
$7.50 – $19.95
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