The equivalent of the North American mayapple, the Himalayan one differs mainly by having the flowers, which can be white to pink, held above the foliage and red fruits (instead of yellow).
Otherwise it makes the same wonderful addition for a woodland garden or shaded spot, being in fact more drought resistant than our native mayapple.
The Himalayan mayapple has been used since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Unfortunately, the over-harvesting in the wild has intensified recently because the podophyllotoxin use in the synthesis of anti-cancer drugs and it is listed as an endangered species throughout its native range.
Germination: sow in the fall to provide cold-moist stratification. Later seeds can be easily germinated with GA3 treatment; sometimes they will form the true leaf in the first year, if not in the second one, but the seedlings are fairly fast growing. One study showed that spraying young seedlings with a GA3 solution will stimulate the emergence of the first leaves in the first season.