Please Note: These bulbs come up, bloom early, and go into dormancy during hot weather. If purchased for spring delivery they will be either coming out of dormancy or actively growing mid spring. If purchased mid summer through fall they may either be going into dormancy, after they flower and set fruit, or are dormant and will not grow until the following spring.
Soil: Hydric (Wet) to Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part sun to Shade
Flowers: The unusual Jack-in-the-pulpit flower consists of a ridged hood or ‘pulpit’ enveloping ‘jack,’ an upright club that forms the seeds.
Leaves: There are 1 or 2 leaves per plant. They are divided into 3 sections. The female plants have 2 leaves, and the male plants have only 1. There is a vein running around the edge of each leaflet.
Jack-in-the -pulpit is an interesting shade loving plant that thrives in moist woods. It makes for a great woodland rain garden plant. Especially useful in a garden that would stay fairly moist throughout the season. Fruit is bright red in the fall and very showy. Makes a nice woodland garden plant and a great conversation piece!
Food Uses: The roots (corms) can be eaten as a cooked vegetable. It is peppery and will burn if eaten raw. Thinly sliced and dried corms can be eaten like potato chips or ground into flour.
Other Names: Indian Turnip