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It just seems
stately and mysterious.
The purpleish curved hood is considered
the pulpit which hides the bulb (spadix) or 'Jack'.
This unique flower is distinctive once you've seen
it and grows along with one or two sets of
long-stemmed 3-parted leaves. Usually no taller
than 2 feet.
Late March to June
Low damp woods; swamp and bog areas.
In late summer the
plant sports a cluster
of shiny red berries on the spadix.
The berries are
originally shielded by a thin membrane which is
lost before they turn red.
The underground tuber, or corm as it is
called, was a frequent foodstuffs of several
eastern American Indians. It must be boiled first
to remove the calcium oxalate chrystals which will
cause burning if eaten raw. The corm has also been
considered useful in treating stomach gas, asthma
and rheumatism. The plant parts can cause skin
blistering, though i've not tried this.
My observations about this plant can be found at:
If you're interested