This herbaceous, woodland wildflower grows upright with a striking, striped hood (spathe or "pulpit") guarding its conical purple base (spadix or "jack"). It resembles a zebra-striped champagne flute with a comb-over. Most plants in a colony will become dormant and vanish by mid-summer, but the mature, hermaphroditic flowering plant will produce a cluster of red berries, which become visible as the spathe withers. Also known as an Indian turnip, it grows in shady woods and floodplains and lives 25+ years.

Where to find the Jack-in-the-Pulpit