The first name is derived from the bulbous root, which is like a miniature turnip. Boiled, this root is rendered edible. The plant is more generally known as a "Jack-in-the-pulpit," the Jack being a spadix bearing stamens and pistils, without perianth, covered by a single folding leaf - a spatlic which overtops the flower with a graceful curve, like the roofed pulpits of some cathedrals. Our Jack is a welcome preacher, and his text is, "Lo! the winter is past; the flowers appear on the earth." He stands with his fellows in sentinel-like rows along the edges of deep woods or in the lighter-leaved forests. Often the overlapping spathe is prettily striped with purple and white. The fruit is a gay cluster of scarlet berries, ripe in June or July.