Wildflower of the Week: Jack-In-The-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-pulpit. Not your common wildflower, but one I like anyway. Prehistoric-looking and either green or green-striped-purple, this peculiar little plant really does have flowers – they are just way down in the bottom of the spadix, which is the dark pointed thing sticking up out of the middle of the spathe – the striped leaf-bit with the floppy top.

Named for its resemblance to a pastor or preacher in a covered pulpit much like you see in old Presbyterian or Episcopal churches, this odd little plant likes moist woodland areas and partial shade.

The blooms are accompanied by three large leaves all sprouting from the same point on the end of the stem.

Once you learn to look for these well-camouflaged plants, you’ll see them often on woodland hikes and walks.

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One Response to “Wildflower of the Week: Jack-In-The-Pulpit”
  1. Lisa says:

    cute flower

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