Mayapple-Harbinger of spring
mayapple, podophyllum peltatum
april 7, zone 8a in Georgia
The shoots of mayapple start appearing in early march and bloom in April. Two-leaved stalks have a single white flower, hidden below large palm-shaped leaves. This woodland perennial spreads by rhizomes.
The plants shown here were transplanted from an area being inundated for a reservoir. They have done very well with only some initial watering the first few weeks after transplant.
Deer seem to leave them alone. They are slowly creeping along and creating a carpet of plants. The original colony of plants was along a creek and covered a very large area with hundreds of plants. It's good to see these remnants thriving in a new location under tall deciduous trees.
shoots emerging on March 10, zone 8a in Georgia