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The common name refers to the May blooming of its apple-blossom-like flower. Although the leaves, roots, and seeds are poisonous if ingested in large quantities, the roots were used as a cathartic by Native Americans. The edible, ripe, golden-yellow fruits can be used in jellies.
Native Distribution: Que. & s. Ont. to FL, w. to MN, e. NE, e. KS & e. TX Native Habitat: Mixed deciduous forest, shaded fields, shaded moist road banks, shaded riverbanks.
Spotted growing near a streambank in the mountains of Ellijay, GA.
Spotted on Apr 5, 2014
Submitted on Jun 27, 2014