A striking exotic looking native wildflower, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum, is a perennial found in moist woodlands and thickets from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota, and south to southern Florida.
This highly variable species has three-part leaves that are often mistaken for poison ivy and it's very curious flowers. From April to June, the green to purple to white spathe (known in this plant as "the pulpit") wraps around and folds over a spadix (the "Jack") covered by tiny flowers of both sexes.
After flowering, smooth, shiny green, wide berries cluster on the thickened spadix and ripen in late summer turning a bright red color before the plants go dormant.
Needs shade and well-draining humus soil. Hardy to zone 4.