Recent acquisition - Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
We went to the annual Master Gardener's sale last weekend and bought a few more plants - as if we needed them. I spotted some Thalictrums for sale so we bought 4 for a very shaded area next to some bald cypresses and my failing woodland garden. We also bought a white shooting star Dodecatheon meadia to accompany the dark pink one we already have. We bought a couple of plants that were unfamiliar to me. One whose flower looks like penstemons' and another if reading the tag is any indication, would eventually look like joe pye weed. And finally we bought a May Apple a common woodland plant in these parts. When we went to the checkout stand the cashier said "why would you buy that plant?" "You can just go into the woods and dig one up." I was taken aback and didn't have a quick rejoinder for the remark so I dumbly let it slide.
I should have said "and destroy a part of the woodland ecology?" I don't understand, if they're trying to make money, why they don't hire or recruit people who encourage people's choices in plants. Well enough rancor. The mayapple only had buds when I brought it home but they opened the next day after I planted it in my small woodland garden. That's good enough for me.
I never really looked closely at mayapple's flowers before. I was quite taken by how lovely they look.
Mayapples are also known as "devil's apple, hog apple, Indian apple, umbrella plant, wild lemon, and American mandrake." "The mayapple is a perennial plant in the barberry family (Berberidaceae)" There's a nice little article on the UT Biotech website.