Mayapple-Harbinger of spring

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mayapple, podophyllum peltatum

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april 7, zone 8a in Georgia

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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

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