Diphylleia cymosa Michx.
Umbrella Leaf, American Umbrella-leaf
Umbrella leaf is native to southeastern North America.
Identification: This perennial plant reaches up to 28" (70 cm) × 12" (30 cm). On stems that do not flower, there is a single large umbrella-like leaf 12-24" (30-60 cm) across. Flowering stems have two smaller leaves, divided into two symmetrical lobes, with very coarse teeth. Flowers bloom from May to June, appearing in rounded flowerheads about 3-6" (7.6-15 cm) around, elevated well above the leaves. Individual flowers are white, with 6 petals. Fruits are another distinctive feature of this plant, thrust up above the leaves in clusters of powder blue grape-shaped berries on bright red stems.
Diphylleia cymosa at the North Carolina Native Plant Society
Diphylleia cymosa on www.nargs.org
Diphylleia cymosa at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Diphylleia cymosa on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Diphylleia cymosa on eFloras
Diphylleia cymosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 4a-9b: