Jack-in-the-Pulpit & Green Dragon

Our Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Green Dragon plantable card features two flowering plants that are vulnerable in some regions: Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) and Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium).

Like all plants in their genus, they have a rare and unique physical trait that sets them apart from most other plants in the world: sequential hermaphroditism, also known as dichogamy in botany. While hermaphroditic plants are incredibly common, only sequential hermaphrodites are capable of changing their sex entirely. Other hermaphroditic plants remain hermaphroditic throughout their lives, but sequential hermaphrodites may be female one year, male the next two years, then female again. From a botanical standpoint, these plants are incredible transformers, capable of a feat that few other plants can match.

About the author: 

Vincent Frano is an avid student of nature. He is trained as an herbalist with over 10 years of experience in European traditions with knowledge of Ayurvedic and North American herbs. He holds a BS in Sustainable Horticulture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he focused on herbal medicines, native plants, invasive species, and ecosystem restoration. Vincent is the co-founder of The Bower Studio and is the lead illustrator for The Bower Studio’s products.

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