Apr. 9, 2017

Jack-in-the-pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

This one goes out to Carolyn. Jack may be our most famous and appreciated wildflower that is mostly green. The architecture of the whole thing is just so unusual. Color will come in the fall, after the pulpit and the jack have withered. The fruit will be a very bright red ball of berries about an inch and a half across. The bulbs are edible when cooked. Raw they contain sharp chrystals that are very irritating. You can see Jack in spring woodlands in AL, AR. CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/18/13