It's no secret that I'm a bit obsessed with podophyllum. Last month, a large P. 'Spotty Dotty' in my garden got separated into several plants and quite a few P. delavayi divisions are hanging around in pots. Their little umbrellas are starting to peek out of the ground.
One of the varieties of Podophyllum pleianthum saying hello for the season. The cold winter didn't seem to phase any of the Chinese Mayapples at all, even those in pots.
One of the newly separated P. 'Spotty Dotty.'
'Spotty Dotty' mother plant.
Sue from Far Reaches Farm told me that separating these is no problem, just do it in the late winter. I've followed her instructions and have been richly rewarded with many new plants. When I went out to photograph these, I lost count at 20 pots so I'm becoming one of those eccentric gardeners with a scraggly looking garden filled with pots, mostly recycled black plastic, stacked all over the place.
Later in the year they'll look a bit more like this.
When an email from Far Reaches Farm containing this offering arrived in my inbox, I had to act, a fortunate thing as the catalog says that they're already sold out.
(Image lifted from Far Reaches Farm and used with their permission)
This is Podophyllum difforme - Starfish Form, a handsome devil and not often seen in the trade!
It'll take quite a few years but the thought of having this plant so thrive in my care that I could produce divisions makes me a little tingly. Okay, I'm an addict but don't think treatment will be pursued.