Unknown plant

Asked August 11, 2019, 5:41 PM EDT

Hi, any idea what this seed pod is? It came up beneath a beech tree in my yard. Thanks, Bruce

Harford County Maryland

5 Responses

This looks like the fruit of Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum).

There are other species in the Arisaema genus that have similar fruit pods. We would need to see the flowers/foliage of the plant to determine the different species. Jack-in-the-pulpit is a native plant, common throughout Maryland in woodland areas.


Hi, thanks for your rapid reply. I didn’t notice any foliage. Only a long single stem.

Jack in the Pulpit grows in early spring and it can have it's leaves disappear before it sets berries.
We'd suggest staking or marking the area and watch for what comes up next year.
This is what it may look like:


Okay, thanks again.