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Can anyone help me identify this plant?


5 responses

  1. O3

    could it be some type of pachysandra?

    April 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

    • O3

      That was Althea’s comment using my avatar. I haven’t a clue what a pachysandra is?

      April 14, 2011 at 1:28 am

  2. Roheenie

    Looks to me like Mandrake – commonly known as May Apple. Watch for a single white blossom to form under the leaf. The blossom will turn in to an tiny apple-like fruit which is edible. Beware the rest of the plant though – poisonous!!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:35 am

  3. boatdog

    Thanks for the leads. It’s too big for Pachysandra (sp?). Talia also thought it was May Apple, and that seems to be the winning answer (Note: the winner may get an Adirondack chair someday). As for the poisonous parts, I’m finding conflicting data. One source says:

    “American Mandrake Root, not to be confused with its poisonous European namesake, is native to the New World and has been used for centuries by Native Americans to treat constipation, rheumatism and liver disorders. Mandrake Root is also considered an effective topical treatment for wart removal. Recently, it has shown promise in tests to determine its effectiveness in combating leukemia.”

    While another source says:

    “It is reported that the apple can be eaten however the roots, stems and leaves are poisonous.”

    I think I’ll just be happy looking at it in the creek bottom.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

  4. BK

    We always called them “bumbershoots”

    April 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

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