It is found within 100 yards of a beaver pond in Randolph county. Some years it covers the ground but this year it is sporadic.
this is a native forest plant called Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum. It is fairly common in the Spring, but dies back when it gets really hot. The fully mature fruit is edible, but these are rarely seen because the plants do not produce many and the wildlife like them. I don’t find them to be really great, myself. I do like the plants, though. They have such a fine light green color and make it feel like Spring has arrived.
Dr. Steven R. Hill, Botanist, SCNPS