Habitat: full sun or partial shade
Soil: well drained, humus-rich soil
Height: 50 cm
Flowering: mid to late spring
Width: 30 cm
This is a small genus of excellent, striking plants. One of them, Podophyllum peltatum, is an architectural plant with large leaves; the others are smaller, but have foliage that is remarkably patterned and coloured, as well as having dramatic shapes. The flowers tend to be partially hidden under the foliage, but are well worth looking for. They are followed by large, coloured fruit. Some people have transferred all species except P. peltatum into a separate genus, Dysosma, but there are strong grounds for keeping them together. However, it is generally agrred that Podophyllum hexandrum is distinct, and it is now known as Sinopodophyllum hexandrum.
|Dysosma versipellis has red to purple-red flowers.|