The mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) belongs to Berberidaceae (the Berberry family). It is a perennial herb that is widespread across most of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. This herb grows in forests, fields and pastures, and can reach 30-40 cm in height. It often grows in colonies. The leaves are 1-2 large, rounded, umbrella-like, up to 20-40 cm diameter with 3-9 shallowly to deeply cut lobes. The flowers are white, yellow or red, 2-6 cm diameter with 6-9 petals, and bloom in May to June. The fruit is apple-like, yellow when ripe and about the size of a small lemon. However, unripened fruit and leaves are highly toxic if ingested.