May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
For those of you that struggle with what to plant under pines that leave dry, semi-shady conditions, May Apple grows well under a grove of pines here at Prairie Moon. They can be quite aggressive, but have attractive, short, green foliage that look almost like umbrellas to protect the large white flower which blooms in April and May.
Caution! May Apple root can be toxic and should only be used by experienced herbalists. The seeds and rind are not edible, and are said to be poisonous. The whole plant, apart from the ripe fruit, is highly poisonous in large doses.
Sun Exposure - Partial, Shade
Soil Moisture - Medium, Medium-Dry
Height - 12 inches
Bloom Time - May, June
Bloom Color - White
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon.