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May Wildflower Spotlight: 
Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit
Arisaema triphyllum

The purple curved hood is considered the pulpit which hides the bulb (spadix) or “Jack”.  This is an herbaceous plant is a perennial that grows in low damp woods, swamps and bog areas.  In late summer the plant sports a cluster of shiny red berries on the spadix.  Despite its possible irritating effects there are several accounts of Native Americans using a preparation of the root on sore eyes.  It was also used for cold symptoms and as a tonic.  Externally it has been used for various skin infections and against pain and swelling.  No part of the fresh plant should be taken internally.

Previous Spotlights:

April:  Trillium
March: Bloodroot
February: Heartleaf

January Witchhazel

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October: Closed Gentian
September:   Goldenrod
August:   Joe Pye Weed
July:    Cardinal Flower
June:   Rosebay Rhododendron