Many-Flowered Chinese Mayapple
Item #: 1621
Zones: 5b to 8b, at least
Height: 24" tall
Culture: Light Shade to Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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(syn: Dysosma pleiantha) Stunning is the only word to describe a mature specimen of the giant Chinese mayapple, Podophyllum pleianthum. Picture our native mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum, on 2' tall glaucous stems, lessen the indentation of each 13" wide leaf...oh yes, and make the plant a clumper, not a runner. This deer-resistant tropical-looking Podophyllum pleianthum also doesn't go dormant until fall, unlike our native species. In early May, the clusters of red bell-shaped flowers (pleianthemum = pleios "many" and anthemon "a flower") are held on very hairy pedicels (flower stalks) between the two lobed leaves (hexagonal when young). Podophyllum pleianthum prefers moist organic soils and good shade for best performance. In severe heat, it may experience a short summer dormant period.