Soil: Hydric(Moist) to Mesic(Medium)
Sun: Part to Shade
Flowers: The 2″ single, nodding flower has 6-9 petals and twice as many sepals. The anthers are yellow and the ovary is superior.
Leaves: There are usually 2 big 1′ wide leaves per plant. They resemble a pinwheel. They have 5-9 lobes and the stem attaches to the center of the wheel.
This beautiful “tropical-looking” woodland, with it’s large shiny leaves is a lovely addition to a woodland landscape or garden. It has rhizomatous roots and makes a nice ground cover in a protected, woodland setting.
Medicinal Uses: Native Americans used May Apple to treat parasites, syphilis, jaundice, and other ailments. Podophyllin can be extracted from the root with alcohol and water. This extraction is used for treatment of warts. It has been considered as a possible treatment for skin cancer, but causes very harsh side-effects.
Food Uses: The fruit is edible when it turns yellow in August. It is best cooked. Recipes include preserves made with syrup and ginger; and a drink made with the pulp of the fruit, Maderia and sugar. The roots, seeds, leaves and stem are toxic and should be avoided.
More Information: This plant is quite toxic!
Other Names: Mandrake