The Mayapple [pic 1, pic 2, pic 3, pic 4, Pic 5], a conspicuous knee-high herb with 1-3 large leaves, occurs throughout eastern North America, but can only be seen during the spring and summer. Mayapple produces small, apple-like fruits during the early summer that ripen in mid summer. These fruits are edible and delicious when ripe, but poisonous at other times. When they ripen, mayapple fruits turn from firm and greenish to soft and yellow. Wildlife (especially deer) tend to eat mayapple fruits as soon as they become ripe, so they are are very difficult to find.