Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
    Arum Family
    A fascinating plant to stop and sit with for a time. The “Jack”, or spadix, is hooded by the green & purple striped spathe (pulpit)–it can have male, female, or rarely both flower structures. It can switch genders annually based on how much energy is stored in its corm (root structure) the previous year–a good year will produce a female plant with fruit set. Fruit emerges as bright red berries clustered like grapes on a stalk that will persist into the winter if the birds don’t eat them all. 
    Blooms: 4-6 weeks March-May
    Leaves: 1-2, large, green leaves divided into three leaflets 
    Height: 1-3’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Moist-Average, Rich 
    Exposure: Shade-morning sun
    Fauna: Fly pollinated, fruit for birds
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-9
    Seeds: Bright red berries clustered on a tall stalk
    Native Status: NC native, common across the state
    Provenance: North Carolina Ecotype, seed grown