Jack in the pulpit
Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
1-3 ft. H X 1-2 ft. W
Green to purple-striped spathe (hoodlike leaf) that forms the "pulpit" encloses the erect, cylindrical fleshy spadix ("Jack"); the base of the spadix is surrounded by tiny flowers either all male or all female.
Bloom Time Notes:
Generally 2 compound leaves, each divided into 3 (sometimes 5) leaflets.
A tight cluster of berries at the base of the spadix; by fall the berries turn bright red.
Rich, moist woods; streambanks.
By seed (remove flesh red covering and sow immediately; or by root division.
Sun or Shade:
Incorporate large amounts of humus into the planting bed; thrives with plenty of moisture. Because of its unique appearance it is one of our most loved wildflowers; the corm is filled with a chemical (calcium oxalate) that keeps small mammals away.
Grows from a shallow corm that is renewed each season; can be successfully dug bare root in fall.
Other Common Names: Indian Turnip