{Almost} Wordless Wednesday :: Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema)

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by Trillium Art


Spring has sprung! Quite literally, in fact. My furry friend and I are enjoying our daily walks along the trails near our home. With this warm, dry spring, there is always something to see as the plants along the pathways have sprung up…almost overnight!

The feature plant this week is another wildflower of Ontario named Jack-in-the-pulpit, a plant we have had the pleasure of photographing along the trails of the Grand River as well as the woodlands of the Guelph Arboretum. This unusual wildflower is named as it resembles a preacher standing in his pulpit.

This weekend marks the launch of a new product from Trillium Art. My spring wildflower photographs are now available as notecards, featuring; red and white trilliums (how Canadian!), bloodroot, bittersweet nightshade, scotch thistle and of course, Jack-in-the-pulpit. Join me this Saturday to view these new cards (and so much more) at the Spring Carnival and Plant Sale at Cornerstone Christian School, 108 Forest Street in Guelph, ON. This event runs 8:30 – 2:00pm and is indeed a family affair with bird-house building, a bouncy castle, face painting, bake sale, a silent auction and so much more! I look forward to seeing you there.



Along with the trilliums of our woodlands, Jack-in-the-pulpit also prefers fertile, medium to wet soil in part shade to full shade. If you have a shady spot with damp soil it is possible to grow this intriguing wildflower in your garden. Be sure to add compost in the spring and fall to help keep the nurtient content in the soil to ‘Jack’s’ liking.

This plant is interesting to look at with almost a tropical feel to the flowers and leaves. The flowers are actually on the spadix (Jack part) with colours of green to purple. The spathe (or pulpit part) encases the lower part of the spadix and then opens to form a hood over the spadix, helping to keep the spring rains from washing the pollen from the tiny flowers.



The best time to view them is now, in the spring as they will go dormant by mid summer but leave a cluster of red berries to mark where ‘Jack’ has been!

Zone: 4

Light Conditions: part shade to full shade

Soil: rich, well-drained soil

Height: 12” – 24”

Flowers: dark green or purple spadix (Jack) with hooded striped spathes (pulpit)

Leaves: two large green leaves on long stems, divided into three leaflets each

Fruit: clusters of red berries in late summer, lingering into fall

Tips: it is possible to grow these wildflowers by seed, although it is usually takes 5 years before they flower, native from Nova Scotia to Manitoba

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