Jack’s pulpit, that is. Three lushly green glamor shots of  Arisaema triphyllum,  also known as jack-in-the-pulpit, bog onion, brown dragon, Indian turnip, American wake robin or wild turnip. Shots were taken last May near the creek in the Arboretum.


Why plant portraits now? Because today topped out at about 9 F with a wind chill of -21. Tomorrow’s forecast promises a HIGH temperature of 0 degrees F. That’s before you factor in the wind. The only green outside right now comes from discarded Christmas trees leaning on the curb like your crazy uncle Bob at a wedding reception.

I’m jonesing for some green.



  1. Jane Lurie says:

    What a cool plant. Nice shots.

  2. I love to hear all these different names! In Sweden we have a saying, “a loved child has many names” (like you keep making up lots of loving nicknames for your child). Makes me think this plant was always appreciated among people. Well, it’s also possible it has so many names because it simply invites our imagination, fully. I will not stretch my mind right now (still with my early morning coffee), but I’m sure there are lots of more names to be given to this plant!
    Have a nice day, stay warm!

    • Oh…I love that. And so right. I call my children by their “proper” names now, but had a whole string of fond names for them when they were younger. That is a wonderful interpretation and I vote for it.

      As for staying warm…there’s a space heater aimed at my feet as I work at my desk.

  3. andykidd says:

    Green … “Green’s the color of the sparklin’ corn
    In the mornin’, when we rise
    In the mornin’, when we rise
    That’s the time, that’s the time
    I love the best”
    Donovan – probably before your time, but think “warm” 🙂

  4. Pépé le Moko says:

    thanks, I need that….

  5. marty gallagher says:

    How wonderful to see this live green Jack in the middle of all this freezing weather!

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