Before we get into the Mayapples, this stunning Redbud tree welcomed us at the entrance to the mayapple forests of West Fairmount Park.

On the North side of the Horticultural Center

In Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, the Mayapple ushers in Spring with large patches that cover the hillsides of the many ravines. The plants open up like an umbrella and give way to a bright white flower. Lowering my view to below the canopy of Mayapple leaves, I am greeted by a vast, but miniature Springtime forest. The robust waxy flowers shine when the sun hits them, if the plants are situated on a steep enough slope. Most flowers remain hidden in the shade below an often dense canopy of leaves.

Podophyllum peltatum

Mayapples with a Beech tree just north of the Recycling center, below.

Mayapples with Spring Beauty

Above, Trout Lily, often found growing alongside Mayapples in Fairmount Park


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