|Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum
(L.) Schott., toxic when root is eaten fresh.
All parts of plant inedible*.
Native American Medicine: Root used in sorcery, put in the food of an enemy to make them sick. Root was poulticed for various ailments, to treat headache, abscesses, boils. Mohegan gargled root infusion but did not swallow it (for sore throat).
|*Potawatomi sliced and dried root for storage, then
ate it after cooking it in pit oven for three or more hours to reduce
Fruit of jack-in-the-pulpit is not edible. Informants say Iroquois women used root of A. triphyllum sub species triphyllum in infusion for temporary sterility, as a contraceptive. (More)