Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

I was elated to come across these Jack-in-the-Pulpit flowers today walking along our property. This photo shows a shorter one next to the taller, there is actually another taller one behind making three flowers in this group. The Jack-in-the-Pulpit is a wildflower that blooms between May and June and thrives in the moist shady deciduous woods. A cluster of red Berries will form in late summer or early fall and are an attractive food source for birds such as thrushes, rodents, etc. Leaves and fruits contain calcium oxalate that can irritate the skin so it is important to wear gloves if you are going to handle.

Jack-in-the-pulpit is Arisaema triphyllum of the arum family, Araceae. Other Names are: Indian Turnip, arum, three-leaved arum, dragon-turnip, brown dragon, devil's-ear, marsh turnip, bog onion, priest's-pintle, lords-and-ladies.

Did you notice the wild strawberry plants in the above photo also? Our property has an abundance of these plants; the berries are small but oh so sweet!

Did you find something new/different in your backyard today? Slow your pace and take a look around, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised! Enjoy :) Coppertop

2 comments:

  1. I love Jack-in-the-Pulpit's, I found one growing on the path to the deer feeder yesterday. There are lots of them around camp.

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  2. Thank you for the comment, glbuzz! Glad to hear you have them also - a thrill for me when I find a wonder of nature! :)

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