Wordless Wednesday – Mayapple

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Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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68 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Mayapple

  1. Dale says:

    What a beautiful image! And what a cool plant!

  2. Anne says:

    I have learned about a new plant today 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      🙂 It has just emerged from the ground and will expand its leaves like an umbrella and a single white flower will bloom from from the stem. Will try to post that. 🙂

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  4. Cathy says:

    We don’t get these here, but I imagine their appeal is that they signal warmer weather…. Am I missing something?!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They are another of our unique spring ephemerals that disappear as the weather warms. They have colonized this patch rather quickly as they are stoloniferous. I’ll try to post their flower as they open.

  5. So unusual, are we still on Earth?

  6. Love mine, now I must check out on my east side to see if mine are popping up as I have been busy working and doing the back yard. Have a great day when the sun shines 🙂

  7. Very pretty. Reminds me of a drenched umbrella. ☔

  8. Robin says:

    Beautiful. My thought was similar to Barbara’s in that it reminds me of an umbrella. 🙂

  9. Pepper says:

    I have always wondered what these are called. Just saw lots of them yesterday along the trail. 😊

  10. Alice says:

    A very unique plant…I learned about it, after we walked in a forest, near here & it took me a while to ID. Interesting plant to read about & watch YouTube about the edibility of the…initially poisonous… fruit.

  11. neihtn2012 says:

    Interesting native plant that I have not yet seen! I will have to see whether it grows around where we live.

  12. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never seen this. It is native to parts of east Texas, but somewhat ironically, it doesn’t appear in the two counties I frequent. I’d bet it’s because those areas are drier and sandier; they’re surrounded by counties with national forests, and if I’d move a little to the east or west, I’ll bet I could find them. On the other hand, I’ll also bet that their bloom almost is done here.

  13. They do only last a short time and I usually don’t make it up North in time to see them.

  14. Seeing this new sapling, it reminds me like ‘Life just started”

  15. I’ll have to look out for these. A curious looking plant.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They are esp. odd-looking at this stage, but more ‘normal’ once they leaf out. They grow in large colonies, so if you find one, you’ll find a dozen. 😉

  16. Kris P says:

    Such interesting plants. They look like little aliens.

  17. Debbie says:

    I’ve never seen one of these — thanks for the introduction!

  18. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Interesting looking plant. Would like to see it fully open

  19. Mine just popped up few days ago. They’ve never flowered for the few years since I planted them but I am hoping that it just takes awhile for the plant to get established. Maybe this will be the year. Love all that moisture on yours.

  20. Val Boyko says:

    Bedraggled and beautiful!

  21. Your mayapples must have felt a little impatient. Who cares what the calendar says?😊

  22. After looking at this wonderful capture, I will now be on the lookout for this new plant!🙂 Have you been getting snow along with the rain in your area?

  23. Glad to see spring is coming! This tiny, ‘maybe maple’ is full of hope … very nice!

  24. It’s amazing how they push right through the carpet of leaves from the past fall!

  25. I imagined seeing a frog’s leg at the lower left. This plant looks so different from the common member of the barberry family that we have in Austin [https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/an-agarita-bush-flowering/].

  26. Dalo 2013 says:

    Great photo ~ I’ve never seen such a plant before… very cool 🙂

  27. Jane Lurie says:

    Have never seen this one, Eliza. Love your photo. 🙂

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