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Mayapple Wildflower

Mayapple Wildflower

Mayapple Wildflower 

The mayapple plants scientific name is Podophyllum peltatum and is part of my running Wisconsin wildflower collection.  The mayapple wildflower in Wisconsin was found on one of my walks through the Wisconsin woodland areas.

What It Looks Like

The mayapple wildflower in Wisconsin isn’t an impressively showy plant.

One Giant Mayapple Above the Rest

Unless you count the leaf size, which can grow up to 16 inches across and for its vast clumping of the plant and abilities to carpet an entire forest floor.

Mayapple

When a Mayapple plant first pops up it looks like a small stalk.

Mayapple

Over the next day or two, the top portion of the stalk will grow and full out.

Mayapple

Until the plant is ready to open and then it looks an umbrella.

Mayapples

The plant spreads and can have large colonies that are produced by underground rhizomes.

May Apple Just Opening

I love to examine the Mayapples as the leaves are forming and opening they open in such an artistic and graceful way.

After the leaves are fully formed the large, deeply lobed leaves always look like they are individual hearts when looking at them from above.

Mayapple Leaf Fully Open

Genus: Podophyllum
Family: Berberidaceae (Barberry)
Life cycle: Perennial
Origin: Native
Habitat: Partial shade; in rich woodland areas
Bloom season: May – June
Plant height: 1 to 2 feet with 16-inch leaves

 




After the leaves have fully opened, some of the plants will get a little pod that will form a small white flower with 6 to 9 waxy petals.

Flower Bud of Mayapple

When the mayapples first appear in our area, usually early May they look like small umbrellas.

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