While I was exploring the nearby woodlands for wildflowers the other morning, I came upon a clump of May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum) wildflower shoots, sticking about 3 inches above the leaf litter. May Apples, also called Mandrake, typically bloom in May, as their name implies. But this group was anxious for the warm, spring temperatures and avidly growing!

May Apple wildflower

May Apple wildflower

Checking my wildflower manual, I find that they can bloom anytime from March thru May, so I guess they’re not really that early. Another interesting fact about these unique woodland wildflowers is that the leaves, stems and roots are poisonous, but have medicinal use … seems like an oxymoron to me! But I also read that the ripe fruits are edible with a pleasant taste. No, thanks!  :o)

I’m sure I’ll be featuring some of these lovely wildflowers once they grow to about 12″ to 18″ and begin flowering.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Giottos ballhead
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/640 sec.



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