Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the Pulpit) is a wood land native to South Eastern Ontario, and the Niagara Region which is part of it. Or the Eastern part of the Ontario Peninsula. That is the area that is framed by Lake Huron to the North, North-West, Lake Erie to the South and Lake Ontario up to Toronto to the East. They are a wonderful plant and very interesting to look at. They remind me of the Calla Lily with top folded over.
Growing: This plant naturally grows on rich, moist forest floors and so is perfectly suited to shady gardens. Add plenty of compost or peat moss at planting time.
Propagating: By offsets or seed sown 1 cm deep. Seed sown in fall germinates the following spring.
Uses: Plant near a path or the front of the garden where its surprising flowers will be noticed. Jack-in-the-pulpit is an ideal choice for shady spots in the wild flower garden.
Related species: Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium), a native of North America, has a green flower like that of its cousin but with a long, pointed hip-like spadix and a small spathe. Its deeply divided leaves and red berries make it attractive for long periods.