Many of you from the Northeast U.S. will recognize this familiar, and yet exotic-looking plant. This is the Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphyllym, a springtime favorite. It likes to grow in rich, moist woods. Lots of people share pictures of this, but I really like how the light was shining on the leaves yesterday (it's raining today).
I'm even happier to tell you that these are growing in my "kingdom." They are down near the creek in the cemetery, and I first found them last year. I'm hoping that this small patch spreads.
They have relatives around the world... many in Asia. The genus is often called Cobra Lilies. It gets it's common name from the resemblance of the flower to a preacher standing in an old-fashioned tall pulpit. That flower shape is called a spadix. Does it remind you of another plant? Take a closer look.
Isn't it beautiful! Yes, plants like the peace lily and Anthurium are related, all having a spadix. But don't forget another wild one, the Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus. I've linked below to a post which talks about that very early plant.
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