Saturday, January 29, 2011


Common namejack in the pulpit
Life cycleperennial (Z4-9)
Flowerspurple/green (late spring)
Lightpart-full shade
Cultural notesmoist soil
Seed ripensearly October

I've tried several jacks from seed over the years, but this common jack-in-the-pulpit is the only one to thrive so far. This year is its best yet, with good healthy foliage and a strong flower. Fighting for room in the crowded space that is our shade garden, it seems to be holding its own just fine. The leaves unfurl from alienesque burgundy-patterned spear-shaped sheaths. Odd is good.

Arisaema triphyllum

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