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May Apple
Podophyllum peltatum

May Apples can thrive in dry and partly shady conditions, making them a good choice for under trees such as pines. They spread by rhizomes and can form large colonies.

USDA symbol: POPE

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 2 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorWhite
May Apple (May Apple<div><em class="small">Podophyllum peltatum</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience4
Salt ToleranceUnknown
Stress ToleranceAcidic Conditions

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Larval Host ofMoths
Specific Pollinators HostedPapaipema cerina, Papaipema rutila
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism3
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyDodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland