May Apple

Named for it’s flowering time and not for it’s fruit the May Apple is a compact, wetland friendly perennial with small flowers that may hide amidst the large bright green leaves. All parts of the plant are toxic to eat including any unripened fruit that develop in the fall. Once the fruit has become over ripe they may be consumed and are considered to have a bitter, astringent flavour.

Common drugs containing salicyclic acid have podophyllum derivitatives and thus the plant is known medicinally as a topical plantars wart treatment and digested as an emetic.

May Apple

Podophyllum peltatum

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Wet, marshy
  • Height: 24″
  • Width: 24″
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Colour: White, rose/pink; Red berries in Fall
  • Foliage Colour: Green, hairy
  • Pests and Disease: Root rot, black spot
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Fall colours
  • Zone: 4-6

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