Himalayan May Apple Seeds AKA Ban Kakd /Podophyllum hexandrum SYN Sinopodophyllum hexandrum / Historical Ethnobotanical Herb

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Himalayan May Apple

(Podophyllum hexandrum)

Himalayan Mayapple is an herb that has baby pink poppy-like blooms coupled with intriguingly beautiful bronze to brown mottled leaves. The fruits ripen to a scarlet red adding a bit of flare and contrast. Known as ban kakd in the middle eastern Himalayan regions, it has been used for a millennia or more to treat warts, skin diseases and tumors by native peoples. Interestingly enough, scientific research has now determined that this plant may be very promising in the treatment of cancer and has current use in Europe for the treatment of ovarian cancer as it interrupts the cell mitotic (multiplication) activities. The fruit is the only part of this plant considered to be edible and only once it is fully ripened. The roots have the highest toxicity and are sometimes dried for the purpose of a concoction to treat genital warts but should be closely followed by a professional given the toxicity of the plant.


This plant falls on the IUCN endangered list due to over collection in the wild however these seeds have been commercially grown and sourced from a reputable company in compliance with EU Standards.

Height: 24"
Plant Class: Perennial
Habit: Upright

Regular Packet ~ 5 seeds


How to Grow Himalayan Mayapple

Himalayan may-apple prefers a cool moist position. Best sown in the fall to encourage natural stratification otherwise seeds need to be stratified for 1 to 3 months in the fridge in damp paper towels. Carefully monitor towel for signs of mold and wash seeds and cool water and place in a new damp paper towel if this occurs. The seed can take anywhere from 1 - 4 months to germinate. Transplant seedlings to pots when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a shady part of the greenhouse for at least 2 growing seasons. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the winter when the plants are dormant. Division in March/April.

Average review
Mar 1, 2018 by Jennifer
Great packaging with hand-written planting instructions. Very personal and friendly...
Oct 10, 2017 by csyensen

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