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Bruso, George H.
Arisaema triphyllum ssp. triphyllum (L.) Schott
Jack in the pulpit
USDA Symbol: ARTRT3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AL , AR , CT , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, PE USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsSoil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
BenefitUse Food: Roots, only when dried or cooked. Collect roots in early spring. Never eat roots raw as they can be intensely bitter and can cause blisters. Dry for at least six months before eating. Peel, cut into small pieces, roast in the oven for at least one hour and grind into a flour or coffee grinder until quite fine. Add the ground root to bread doughs or muffin batters. Thin slices of the root, dried for 3 months, can be eaten as snacks or with potato-chip dip. (Poisonous Plants of N.C. State)
Warning: All parts. Symptoms include swelling of lips, tongue, and throat. Toxic Principle: Calcium oxalate crystals.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff