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Jack in the Pulpit

Herbaceous Perennial Flower, Spring-Flowering Bulb

Arisaema triphyllum
Araceae Family
Synonym: Arisaema atrorubens

A native to eastern North American woodlands, Jack-in-the Pulpit is grown primarily for its unusual blooms.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires damp soil
Prefers rich soil that is moist but well-drained.

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 9
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: moderately difficult

Height: 1 to 1.5 feet

Spread: 1 to 1.5 feet

Bloom time:

  • mid-spring
  • late spring

Flower color:

  • green
  • violet

The flowers have two distinct parts: a spathe, and a spadix. The spathe is petal-like and forms an upright "hood." The spadix is an erect, fleshy spike that is partially enclosed by the spadix.

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Leaves have three lobes.

Shape: upright

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • native to North America - Native to eastern North America.
  • bears ornamental fruit - Blooms are followed by clusters of red berries in fall.
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, division or separation - Sow seeds in the spring or fall. Divide in the spring.

Maintenance and care:
Divide the plants in the spring.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

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