Scientific Name: Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schoot
Family: Araceae (Arum Family)
Common name: Jack-in-the-pulpit
Description: Erect, perennial herb 8-30 inches tall from a corm; flowers on a fleshy spadix, maleabove, female below; spathe (the pulpit) with a tube and a hood which arches over the spadix (Jack); flowers mature March-April.
Range and Habitat: Common and widespread in eastern North America; common throughout South Carolina in rich woods, low woods, and bogs.
In Porcher’s time… Jack-in-the-Pulpit was used as an expectorant and stimulant in diseases of the mucous membranes, particularly pertussis and asthma. The root of the plant was also ingested to relieve sore throat and ground into an ointment for skin diseases.