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Old 04-04-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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Default Can anyone help me identify this plant?

My husband and I were walking around our back acre today and saw this plant growing under some trees. Someone told me it was a maypop, but I thought they usually had 3, or sometimes 5 lobes. This one has 6. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

By the way, we live in SE Tennessee, if that's helpful.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: NE TN~ TriCities
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Looks like a Mayapple to me http://www.briartech.com/earlyspring/mayapple/may.htm
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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Thank you so much, DubbleT! I think you are right. My husband and I bought this house in October so this is our first spring and summer here. I am still learning what it was planted and what's naturally occurring.
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:41 AM
 
Location: NE TN~ TriCities
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I grew up on five acres of woods and to this day I still miss the natural woodland flowers and plants I grew up with. I'm jealous, enjoy those for me.

BTW I moved into a new house last year and it's a lot of fun that first season trying to figure out what's growing in your yard. I've identified a lot of things but a few plants I'm still trying to figure out!
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:46 AM
 
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second demotion it's a may apple plant..

May Apple is a perennial native herb found growing in moist soils in rich woods, thickets and pastures Eastern N. America to Southern Maine to Florida, west to Texas and Minnesota. May Apple grows to about 18 inches high, the stem separates into two large, dark green, long stemmed, palmate, lobed, leaves. Looking almost like umbrellas to protect the large white flower on a short peduncle, growing right in-between the leaves, flowers bloom in April to May. May apple flowers turn into crab apple size edible fruits, gather in early summer when fully ripe. May Apple roots are dark brown, fibrous and jointed, gather roots after foliage dies back, dry for later herb use.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:38 AM
 
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Thank you so much. I'm excited that we have so many native plants and "weeds". I don't really consider wild violet, ground ivy / creeping charlie, or star of Bethlehem to be weeds, but a lot of people do. I even transplanted some of the wild violets to the front yard near the road. I think they're pretty - and edible!
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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If the mayapples are up your likely to find morel mushrooms! Happy hunting!
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