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Jack-in-the-pulpit is a unique woodland plant with green flowers similar to peace lillies. The flower consists of a cylindrical structure called a spadix tucked inside a surrounding leaf-like structure called a spathe. The spathe usually has white to purplish stripes, which give more ornamental quality to the flowers. The leaves open up after the flowers and are have three distinct leaflets. Each individual plant is either female or male, with females forming two leaf structures while males form only one. Plants can change their gender year to year depending on reproduction, an amazing adaptation that is fun to observe. If cross-pollinated, flowers will form bright red berry clusters that remain during the rest of the season while the rest of the plant goes dormant. Flies and related insects are main pollinators of this plant, and the berries are eaten by woodland birds such as the wood thrush and wild turkey. Jack-in-the-pulpit is herbivore resistant.
partial shade to full shade
1 – 3 ft.
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