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One to two large, glossy leaves, divided into three leaflets, rise on their own stems 1-3 ft. The intriguing blossom of this woodland perennial occurs on a separate stalk at the same height as the leaves. It is a large, cylindrical, hooded flower, green in color with brown stripes.
It is found in thickets and dry, open wooded areas throughout Canada and the United States. This particular individual was spotted in an upland forest in Shenandoah National Park, VA.
Jack-in-the-Pulpit is usually monoecious, but some plants are unisexual and they have the capability to change their gender.