Looking forward to Spring

May Apple spring wildflower midwest april illinoismay apple wildflower spring flower illinois                        May Apple

“May Apple is also known by these names:  Mayapple, Devil’s Apple, Hog-apple, Indian Apple, American Mandrake, American May Apple, Racoonberry, Wild Lemon – Caution! May Apple root can be toxic.”

May Apple Folklore

“May Apple was once called the witches umbrella and thought to be employed by them as a poison, which may not be untrue! The English version of this plant has much lore told of it, being called Manroot (mandrake) believed to be alive and its screams when pulled from the ground would render a man permanently insane.”

From   http://www.altnature.com/gallery/mandrake.htm

Article by Deb Jackson & Karen Bergeron Copyright 1999 – 2007

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