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Just saying, if you’ve got the shade and the zone, 6a-8b, grow this awesome plant. Podophyllum pleianthum aka Chinese Mayapple is big and splashy, and not the least demanding. Plant in moist organic soil–and then stand back and swoon.

It’s alive. March 14, 2018

Before I began gardening in earnest, it seemed impossible that I could grow something this Kapow! The picture above is current growth. Below is last year’s progression. Do you have plants that you once thought exotic beyond reach? Maybe it’s just the learning curve of a gardener, or at least this gardener. What I don’t know is a lot.

Podophyllum pleianthum and Iris confusa commingling in the shade planter bed.

Subtle color change over time, from light to dark.

April 12, 2016


September 19, 2016

And because I can’t resist, a few more shots of this years growth.

It’s alive. March 14, 2018

Maybe that one leg is permanently lighter colored. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Podophyllum pleinanthum, March 24, 2018

See what I’m saying. Podophyllum pleianthum is sinewy and gorgeous. Look at those little teeth along the leaf edge. Geeze Louise.

Podophyllum pleinanthum, March 24, 2018

I’m getting dang giddy over the upcoming gardening season. So many Kapow! opportunities out there. How about you? What are you eyeing in the flashy plants department. We love to hear.