Jack in the Pulpit
A common woodland plant that produces purple-spotted and striped leaves in the spring (April–June).
|Habitat:||Shaded or partially shaded woodland area, forests, and damp or moist soils.|
|Bloom season:||April, May, June|
|Plant height:||2 feet|
Names Jack in the Pulpit Goes By
Devils and angels
Cows and bulls
Adam and Eve,
Cheese and toast
Parts of the Plant
A green stalk flower with maroon and white-colored stripes on the inside, the backside has green and white stripes.
The flower folds over and creates a pulpit that protects the spathe.
In fall the plants produce berries that start off green and turn a bright red. The berries are known to cause pain and burning of the mouth if eaten by humans.
Small mammals and birds enjoy the berries. The seeds are carried to additional locations to encourage planting.
Plant Your Own
The plant will make a nice addition to wildflower gardens and can be propagated by root division or from seed.
Collect the red berries. Inside each berry is a brown seed, remove the seed and plant 3/4 inch deep in fall before the ground freezes. The seeds need a cold snap before they will grow.
Forgot to plant the seeds? Place the seeds in moist sphagnum moss and refrigerate over the winter months. Plant in spring.
|Sun Exposure:||Partial, Shade|
|Soil:||Rich soil with seasonally wet location|
|Attracts||Bees, Flies, Birds (Deer Resistant)|
|Bloom Color:||Produces green stalks with maroon stripes|
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