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Grow Medicinal and Fragrant May Apple

| 8/2/2017 1:17:00 PM


This is a story about apples, but not the kind that keep the doctor away — that is unless you have a liver ailment. The cleverest amongst y’all may have already concluded, and correctly so, that this is a story about Podophyllum peltatum, the “May Apple."

Here’s an extremely easy-to-grow, native perennial plant that is as much at home in average soils as it is in moist to wet soils. Podophyllum peltatum, believe it or not, is a member of the Berberidaceae (Barberry) family and native to more than half of the U.S. and Canada.

I sometimes find it difficult to imagine that this attractive native is related to the weedy, thorny, invasive “Japanese Barberry Bush”, Berberis thunbergii. But then agai, so are two of my other faves, Jeffersonia diphylla (“Twinleaf”) and Caulophyllum thalictroides, (“Blue Cohosh”). The way things are going with botanical nomenclature these days, it probably won’t be long until they create a new plant family, “Podophylliaceae.

If you’re curious about the origin of this plant’s name, in Latin, podo means foot and phyllum of course means leaf. Peltatum translates to shield. So, while using your imagination, you have a plant with a leaf that resembles a foot and a shield.

Medicinal Benefits of May Apple

Regarding my comment above about a liver ailment, I was alluding to the fact that this plant has been used medicinally for centuries. Remember “Carters Little Liver Pills”?  Well, a resin from the roots of the may apple was one of the ingredients.

4/10/2020 8:06:44 AM

I love this article on May Apples.. I have a small forest of them in my woodlet.

8/5/2017 12:57:41 PM

I am sharing my experience, We have vegetables and food from the market is not 100% organic food, it is missed with poison liquid as you know the people spray the plants to grow the vegetables and fruits faster, My lab professor referred a guide it helps me to plant and prepare a good organic food for healthy life. Check the guide here >>( ) <<. Now my family my relations are using this technique to get quality vegetables and fruits. All the best

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