This is one of those plants that you don’t see every day, and when you see one it is a good idea to snap it up, because you might not see another for a long while!
Phodophyllum, or Chinese mayapple are elegant perennials with spectacular foliage that grows up to 40cm wide. The hexagonal leaves are lovely and glossy and open in pairs on 60cm stems. This variety is extra special, because, as the name ‘Spotty Dotty’ implies, the leaves have a lovely red marbling or spot pattern over light green. The leaves emerge early spring like folded umbrellas, and stick around until frost, maturing to dark green.
Beneath these leaves, crimson, long petalled flowers hang in umbels of up to 10. The flowers don’t smell very nice, but you would have to lean down to find that out, they are pollinated by flies so know their audience! Each bloom is up to 5cm long. They are followed by green, apple like, ornamental fruits (inedible).
Phodophyllum like a shady spot with humus rich, moist, well drained soil. Will cope in moist conditions and don’t mind clay soils. These woodland plants like similar conditions to Hostas. These plants resent disturbance and will be at their best after a couple of years establishment.
Cool to Mediterranean
Semi Shade to Full Shade