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Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Arisaema triphyllum Photo/Illustration: Lee Ann White


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Arisaema triphyllum air-iss-EE-mah try-FIL-lum Common Name: Jack-in-the-pulpit Synonyms: Arisaema atrorubens Genus: Arisaema
A favorite of children, Jack-in-the-pulpit is a tuberous perennial producing one or two leaves, each divided into three narrow leaflets. But it's best known for its spring to early summer display of hooded, green spathes—Jack's pulpit—which are often striped with purple. Autumn brings clusters of densely packed, showy red berries.
Care: Grow in moist but well-drained soil rich in humus with a neutral to acidic pH. Plant tubers 2-10 inches deep in autumn or spring; they prefer somewhat dry conditiions during their winter dormancy. Mulch in winter.
Propagation: Remove offsets in autumn, allow to self sow.
Problems: Damage from slugs and vine weevils. Susceptible to rust, anthracnose, leaf blight, and dasheen mosaic virus.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Part Shade Only
Moisture Medium to Wet
Characteristics Native; Self Seeds; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Early Spring; Early Summer; Spring; Summer
Flower Color Green Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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