Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1-1.5 ft Width: to 1 ft
Flower Color: green
Fruit Color: red
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy fruits
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.
Availability: Specialty providers, Seed
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic
Birds and other wildlife consume fruit.
Native Habitats: moist hammocks
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
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.