Jack in the Pulpit

Aka bog onion, brown dragon and Indian turnip, this native plant favors moist woodlands and thickets The spathe, (“the pulpit”) wraps around and over a spadix (“Jack”), covered with tiny flowers of both sexes. The flowers are unisexual, in small plants most if not all the flowers are male, however as plants age and grow larger, the spadix produces more female flowers. It is pollinated by flies, which it attracts using heat and smell. There is some variation in the colors of plants I see. This one was particularly intense.