The Mayapples are rising in the Kindergarten Woods!
This spring ephemeral typically grows one to two feet high and blooms from May until early June. Fertile plants grow two leaves that will sprout a two-inch wide white flower, not above, but underneath its umbrella-like leaves. When cross-pollinated, the flower transforms into an edible yellow fruit, but the leaves and roots can be toxic to humans and other animals if ingested.
Mayapples grow in open or shady woods preferring medium to moist soil. They are very common in the lower two-thirds of Wisconsin and will fall dormant by summer.
Soon these tall gems will be blooming and the Trout Lilies have already started, hurry down before summer begins and these ephemerals fall dormant.