Jack-in-the-Pulpit Bearing Fruit: Wildflower Wednesday

by Kathy Purdy on October 24, 2012 · 9 comments

in Native/Invasive

This past May I shared with you how excited I was to find Jack-in-the-pulpits growing on our new land. I thought you’d like to see what one Jack looks like when it goes to seed:

Fruiting Jack in the pulpit

This Jack-in-the-pulpit is bearing fruit. Photo taken in September.

According to William Cullina in Wildflowers: A Guide to Growing and Propagating Native Flowers, every Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) has both male and female parts, but if the plant is young or weak, only the male parts will be fertile. The female parts are fertile only on older, stronger plants. So this must have been a pretty happy Jack.

Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogosphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”


Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy's been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Improbability is not a quality we value in landscapes.
Joe Eck, Wayne Winterrowd in Our Life in Gardens

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Yuriy March 14, 2013 at 6:49 am

At what age is beginning to bear fruit Jack-in-the-pulpit?


Kathy Purdy March 14, 2013 at 7:43 am

I really don’t know.


joene at joene's garden November 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Jack-in-the-pulpit is one of my favorite natives. Thanks for the info. I missed Wildflower Wednesday thanks to Sandy ;-(


Ted Wilson November 1, 2012 at 5:11 am

I love jack-in-the-pulpits, both native and Asian. Such cool plants! I have never been able to get them to thrive in my garden…


Rose October 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

Interesting–I’ve never seen fruit on these before! How nice to think you will have even more little Jacks next year.


felicity October 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

The colors are beautiful and something about fruit is always exciting.


Donna@Gardens Eye View October 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Love my jacks especially when they bear fruit


Gail October 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

One of my favorites~I have Green Dragon in my garden and love when they go to seed. Happy WW. xogail


Carol - May Dreams Gardens October 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm

And another little spark of fall color, too. Thanks for sharing this.


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