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Mayapple
Podophyllum peltatum
Uses: Medicinal/Poisonous! Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 3-9)
(American mandrake) This woodland perennial, native to eastern United States and southern Ontario and Quebec produces umbrella like leaves with showy white flowers that appear underneath the leaves in April. Its Latin name podophyllum is derived from the Greek word podos or foot referencing the foot like appearance of its leaves. Although the entire plant with the exception of the ripe berries are poisonous, mayapple has been used traditionally by the Huron Native tribe as a purgative. The ripe berries can be eaten and made into preserves. Its medicinal derivatives from the constituent podophyllin, extracted from the roots and leaves, is medically proven to have antiviral and antitumor properties. In fact, it is such a potent antiviral agent that its compounds have been used commercially in podofilox a cream used to treat genital warts and molluscum contagiosum infections. Will go dormant in summer and for this reason roots may be shipped with or without foliage depending on the time of year. Remember, even touching the plant can be irritating to the skin and eyes. Symptoms of poisoning include nausea, fever, headache, coma and death. Prefers shady environments with rich moist soil.
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