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Arisaema triphyllum ssp. triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit)
Bruso, George H.

Arisaema triphyllum ssp. triphyllum

Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott ssp. triphyllum

Jack In The Pulpit

Araceae (Arum Family)

Synonym(s): Arisaema atrorubens

USDA Symbol: artrt3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: 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 , NS , PE

Growing Conditions

Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)


Use 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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Arisaema triphyllum ssp. triphyllum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arisaema triphyllum ssp. triphyllum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arisaema triphyllum ssp. triphyllum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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