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Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the pulpit wildflower in Wisconsin

Jack in the Pulpit

A common woodland plant that produces purple-spotted and striped leaves in the spring (April–May).





Jack in the Pulpit - A common woodland plant that produces purple-spotted and striped leaves in the spring (April–May). The plant is known by an abundance of common names including snakeshead, adder's root, arum, wild arum, arum lily, lords-and-ladies, devils and angels, cows and bulls, cuckoo-pint, Adam and Eve, bobbins, naked girls, naked boys, starch-root, wake robin, friar's cowl, sonsie-give-us-your-hand, jack in the pulpit and cheese and toast.

The plant is known by an abundance of common names including snakeshead, adder’s root, arum, wild arum, arum lily, lords-and-ladies, devils and angels, cows and bulls, cuckoo-pint, Adam and Eve, bobbins, naked girls, naked boys, starch-root, wake robin, friar’s cowl, sonsie-give-us-your-hand, jack in the pulpit and cheese and toast.

Perennial
Bloom Time: Mar, Apr, May, Jun
Grows In: Shaded or partially shaded woodland area, forests and damp or moist soils.
Can You Buy Commercially?  Yes, you can.
Loved By: The berries are eaten by birds and small mammals.

Back Side of the Plant

Jack in the Pulpit - The back side of the woodland Jack in the Pulpit plant.

The back side of the woodland plant is striped with green and white.

Jack in the Pulpit Berries

Jack in the Pulpit Berries - In fall Jack in the Pulpit plants produce berries that start off green and turn a bright red. The berries are extremely poisonous.

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.

Seed Collection: Collect the red berries.  Inside each berry is a brown seed, remove the seed and plant 3/4 inch deep in the soil 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.

Special Note on Planting From Seed: The funny thing about Jack in the Pulpit seed planting is that the seeds may not germinate the first year, but will the second.

Propagate by Root Division: Plant can also be propagated by root division easily.

 

Plant Your Own Jack in the Pulpits

 

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