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Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Pulpit in the Woods

I found these coming up in the woods yesterday. They must have come from wildflower seed or maybe a dropping from a bird. Jack In The Pulpit. We have just come from Mass, so I thought posting on this pulpit would be appropriate.The jack-in-the-pulpit is very showy. I have always been fascinated by these strange plants.Its large spathe is faintly pitcher-shaped, with a protective flap that curves over the spadix. The spathe is often green, but sometimes striped with brownish-red or rich maroon. These have that maroon color. The pulpit image is unfamiliar to us, perhaps, now in these simpler times, but pulpits of 18th-century England and America did indeed resemble this unique shape, and the small "preacher Jack" inside. Jack-in-the-Pulpit, is a charming plant with very unusual foliage and flower. This plant grows up to 4 feet tall with a single leaf divided into 3 leaflets. Jack-in-the-Pulpit seeds are in a shiny cluster of bright orange red fruit in the fall. The unique shape and color of Jack-in-the-Pulpit make it an excellent choice for the shade or woodland wildflower garden where it should be planted in rich soil and shade to partial shade. The unusual foliage & flowers of Jack-in-the-Pulpit plants will be an exotic & excellent addition to the shade garden. I have never seen them grow to 4 ft. tall. This is the first year here, so I will watch it and hope that it doesn't get cut down by that weed whacker of mine.



Sue said...

Hi Balisha, came over from Mona's blog.I started reading your archived posts, but it is getting late here and I have to get up early.I've enjoyed what I have seen so far and will be back to visit soon. :-)Sue

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I have a relative to thhat one in my garden. But over here they aren´t especially hardy unfortunally. I´m waiting for two other species I planted last year but I fear that they already are dead.

Balisha said...

Welcome Sue...

Christer..Arent't they interesting ?

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I really like them and wish I could have more here at home.

Anonymous said...

They really are a unique woodland plant. You are so lucky to have some growing in your woods.