I remember as a child having Jack-in-the-Pulpit plants pointed out to me during walks in the timber. If my memory is correct, we even dug some in an effort to transplant them. I cringe now at that thought, but back then I did not know the difference. Fast-forward to a few years ago when I tossed some bright red Jack-in-the-Pulpit seeds in the yard, not knowing if they would take or not. Well, I can say without certainty we have Jack-in-the-Pulpits growing every year now. For reference sake, this is what a Jack-in-the-Pulpit looks like.
Within the not too distant past I was introduced to another wild plant that thrives in a wet, shady, forest-type environment, like the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. That plant was the “Green Dragon.” My first introduction was to a single plant on private property. I never expected to see them anywhere else, other than on land owned by friends of ours.
Imagine my surprise a year or two ago when I found another green dragon plant. My find did not occur when the plant was in its prime, but that was OK. I now knew where to look during subsequent years.
I have been keeping an eye on the green dragon plants during this growing season and I am happy to report that there are not one, not two, but three in bloom right now. This is a picture of the largest blossom. I will continue to watch for even more of the very interesting plants.
If you would like to read more about the green dragon, click on this link: https://ozarkedgewildflowers.com/spring-wildflowers/green-dragon-arisaema-dracontium/