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PlantFiles: Asian Mayapple
Dysosma pleiantha

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dysosma (dis-OHS-ma) (Info)
Species: pleiantha

Synonym:Podophyllum chengii
Synonym:Podophyllum hispidum
Synonym:Podophyllum onzoi
Synonym:Podophyllum pleianthum

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gardengrammy8 On Jan 17, 2012, gardengrammy8 from Rivergrove, OR wrote:

I have had this plant for 6 years in my semi-shady garden--I love the beautiful, shiny green leaves, and the blossoms that hang beneath are really neat looking...but they stink! It smells like something has died in that area, then I remember to look at the hanging blooms. It also spreads nicely--not so badly that it's a thug--just provides babies to share or dig up and throw away, whichever you decide.

It is not so bad that I wouldn't recommend it, just keep it in mind so when you can't figure out what the odor is, go see if it is blooming. :-)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California
East Haddam, Connecticut
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Walterville, Oregon
Yachats, Oregon

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