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Jack in the Pulpit

Arisaema spp.

Also known as

Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Cobra Lilies, Dragon Root, Dragon Arum

Arisaema-flavum-flower by Sten Porse (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    More images of Jack in the Pulpit

    A green and white flower structure of a Arisaema plant
    A green Arisaema plant in a garden
    The leaves of a Arisaema plant
    The green leaves of a Arisaema plant growing in the wild

    Jack in the Pulpit Overview

    Arisaema is a genus containing around 205 tuberous perennials from the Araceae family. These plants produce large flowers consisting of a tall hooded spathe around a pencil-shaped spadix. This spadix is edible and has been consumed historically in times of famine. They are known by names such as Cobra Lilies and Jack in the Pulpit in different locations due to their distinctive flower. These plants originate from Asia, Africa and North America and Mexico, with most species found in Japan and China. They are grown mainly for their interesting flowers and attractive foliage.

    Common problems with Jack in the Pulpit

    How to propagate Jack in the Pulpit


    Propagation is by seeds in the autumn or spring.

    Other uses of Jack in the Pulpit

    Grown for the large, curious, hooded spathes, each enclosing a pencil-shaped spandex.

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