Podophyllum

Podophyllum

I was in what’s now referred to as my tweens when I planted the little May Apple under the eves behind our families house.  It seemed exotic at the time, I thought I was giving it a protected space. It never arose the next year.  So I put aside the Podophyllums for a couple of decades, my next brush was on the opposite coast. John Weagle and I were on a Cascadian lark, by that time whispers of  good things about Heronswood Nursery had even filtered to the east coast, we decided on the detour. At the time I had imagined myself to be somewhat plant savy, my eyes were quickly  opened to my misconception. But  amongst this horticopia Podophyllum pleiantum took  center stage in my memory of that visit, perhaps because I set it back, deterred by  the price and a total lack of confidence that it was anything other than tropical.  Now, almost 20 years later I’ve come to know all the members of this genus and am only astounded by how recent is the introduction of the most startling members of this group. By the by, its only whispered in the darkest of corners, alluded to in monographs,  but again Chen Yi almost single handedly introduced most of the newest species into cultivation. Gallery of Podophyllum