Mayapple, American Live root (Podophyllum peltatum), Organic


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




Mayapple roots ship starting in September, after the parent plants go dormant.   All orders received prior to that time will be backordered and sent first come, first served.  Please let us know if you require your roots to be sent at a particular time. Use the “Order Notes” field at checkout.  Roots are available to the USA only.


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