Spring Wildflowers

May apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Member of the Berberidaceae (Barberry) family.  Grows in woodlands, openings, often in colonies, 12 - 18 inches, April - June.  Contains a single, nodding, waxy, 6 to 9 petaled flower attached in the crotch below 2 large, deeply divided, umbrella like leaves.  The fruit is a large lemon like berry and is edible.  Springing from underground stems, May apple often forms large colonies of one to one and a half foot plants. 

To learn more about May apple, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database