6-15 Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) is a native woodland perennial that blooms in mid to late spring. Its smooth, trifoliate leaves give way to a burgundy striped hood-flower with a hidden spadix or “Jack” inside. Thriving in shady or wooded areas, it provides an element of curiosity to areas that are otherwise bereft of blooms. Well adapted to our zone, it’s long been a part of native folklore. Members of the Meskwaki tribe use the flower and leaves to prepare healing remedies for rheumatism, bronchitis and snakebites. When dried or cooked properly, the plant can also be eaten as a root vegetable effectively earning its other common names, “Bog Onion” and “Indian Turnip”.