Spotty Dotty Asian Mayapple
Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'
Spotty Dotty Asian Mayapple foliage
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Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5b
A wonderful clumping Asian hybrid with large lobed umbrella shaped leaves that display chocolate spots on the new growth that turn green later in the season; garnet red flowers dangle under the leaves mid-spring; protect from spring frosts in colder areas
Spotty Dotty Asian Mayapple's attractive round leaves emerge creamy white in spring, turning light green in color with distinctive brown spots and tinges of creamy white throughout the season. It features bold dark red bell-shaped flowers dangling from the stems in late spring, which emerge from distinctive creamy white flower buds. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Spotty Dotty Asian Mayapple is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Spotty Dotty Asian Mayapple is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Spotty Dotty Asian Mayapple will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Spotty Dotty Asian Mayapple is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.