Jack in the Pulpit - Arisaema triphyllum
This plant has one to two large, glossy leaves divided into three leaflets. The flower occurs on a separate stalk at the same height as the leaves. It is a large, cylindrical, hooded flower that is green with brown stripes (spathe- "the pulpit") with a club-shaped spadix ("Jack"). Color variations do exist for this plant.
This plant has a strong, unpleasant taste, which causes a burning reaction if eaten raw. However, Native Americans gathered the corms for food.
''Arisaema triphyllum'' is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a corm. It is a highly variable species typically growing 30–65 centimetres in height with three-parted leaves and flowers contained in a spadix that is covered by a hood. It is native to eastern North America, occurring in moist woodlands and thickets from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota, and south to southern Florida and Texas.