The common name of Jack-in-the-pulpit comes from the fascinating structure of its flower. A tiny upright flower spike looks like a tiny man standing in an old-fashioned raised pulpit. The top is hooded, partially hidden by a leaflike flower petal.
This perennial wildflower is also sometimes called bog onion, a reference to its cormlike roots that prefer moist soil, and wake robin, because it blooms in early spring. After flowering, it develops a cluster of red berries, which attract birds and wildlife, but all parts of the plant are toxic to humans.
- Part Sun,Shade
- Plant Type:
- Plant Height:
- 6-30 inches tall
- Plant Width:
- 6-12 inches wide
- Flower Color:
- maroon-and-white striped flowers
- Landscape Uses:
- Containers,Beds & Borders
- Special Features:
- Flowers,Fall Color,Attracts Birds,Attracts Hummingbirds,Tolerates Wet Soil,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
The forget-me-not-blue flowers of Siberian bugloss make a stunning combination with Jack-in-the-pulpit. Varieties with variegated white or silver foliage create an excellent backdrop to showcase the blooms and berries of Jack-in-the-pulpit.Hosta
Hostas appreciate the moist shade preferred by Jack-in-the pulpit. They bloom in the interval between Jack-in-the pulpit flowering and berry development.Lungwort
Spreading mounds of silver-splotched lungwort work well around Jack-in-the-pulpit plants. When Jack begins to fade, the attractive leaves of Bethlehem sage pick up the slack.
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