Wildflowers of Toronto's High Park​​

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​Podophyllum peltatum

​Family: Barberry
Native to Ontario
Perennial

Blooms: May to June
Habitat: Rich woods, damp shady clearings. 

Plants grow in colonies.
Height: up to 45 cm. 
​Large umbrella-like leaves with flower/fruit hidden beneath.

Flower: 3-5 cm grows in the angle between a pair of leaves.

​No nectar, but plentiful pollen, which attracts bumble bees and other pollinating insects.

Fruit: Large yellow berry which is poisonous until it becomes ripe; is then eaten by mammals and birds, dispersing the seeds.