Arisaema triphyllum

jack-in-the-pulpit

Araceae

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1-1.5 ft    Width: to 1 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy fruits

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Retain if present. Interesting in a moist shade garden as its flowers form a small preacher in a pulpit.
Considerations: Poisonous--contains calcium oxalate crystals.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Birds and other wildlife consume fruit.
Native Habitats: moist hammocks

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B

Other

Ethnobotany: Native Americans gathered the fleshy corms as a vegetable and either dried them or cooked them to dissolve the calcium oxalate crystals.
Other Comments: The interesting flower shape reminded early settlers of someone standing in a pulpit.