Hardy, herbaceous, spring-flowering North American perennial
Description: Irregular shaped flower consists of a showy spathe ("pulpit"), which is green with deep purple or brownish stripes; and a club-like spadix ("jack") covered with tiny male and female flowers followed by showy clusters of red berries; arrow shaped leaves.
Habit: Grows 12 to 24 inches high
Culture: Thrives in moist, humus-rich, neutral soil; partial shade to full shade
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: North America
Attributes: Summer berries, rain garden
This familiar wildflower is commonly found in moist woodlands and thickets from Nova Scotia and Quebec to Florida and west to Minnesota, and it grows throughout the forest at Monticello. It is related to the Calla Lily and Caladium and is easily grown from bulb-like corms. Other common names include Bog Onion, Brown Dragon, and Indian Turnip. Native Americans dried and cooked the starchy roots and also prepared concoctions to treat sore eyes, rheumatism, bronchitis, and snakebites, and induce sterility. Flowers are pollinated by flies.
This plant will ship bare root. Grade: #1ne9
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.