Looking like something from another planet, Podophyllum Spotty Dotty is a singularly outlandish shade lover that will happily lurk in a corner of your garden. Semi-evergreen, the new foliage emerges like little parasols in spring, developing into large flat lobed leaves spotted (as you might have figured) with rusty chocolate markings. Showy deep red flowers hang in clusters under the leaves in early summer. Remarkable thing. Partial to full shade. Any reasonable soil, but not too dry. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
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The common name of mayapple derives from the fleshy fruits that may follow the flowers, though it has to be said they are likely to form rather later than May.
The markings generally become lighter as the season progresses, so creating a rather more subtle effect.
Podophyllum Spotty Dotty is a hardy semi evergreen perennial with large lobed chocolate spotted leaves and deep red flowers suitable for shade.