there is a thrill of watching my mayapple spring from the ground each spring. a fellow friend and gardener shared three mayapple with me several years ago and today, i have a nice little patch in my shade garden. the umbrella-like leaves just make me feel so happy. the umbrella is closed as the mayapple comes forth from the ground, and then the next day — it opens. magic!
later on, a white flower will form, and from that will come a yellow like fruit. this herb is poisonous, although some of those rock bands in the 60’s thought otherwise. i guess that was the psychedelic era where just about anything was deemed experimental material.
well. my mayapple are growing nicely and provide a nice look for my small open woodland shade garden. they are doing well in partial shade with soil enriched with plenty of organic matter.
other names for this plant are: duck’s food, ground lemon, devil’s apple, Indian apple, and raccoon berry.