Family, Arum. The flowers are borne on a spadix which emerges from one side of a leaf-like scape. They consist of stamens and pistils, with 6 sepals. The scape is much prolonged beyond the flowers, and answers to the spathe in our Jack-in-the-pulpit. Leaves, ribbon - like, sharp on both edges. May and June.

Every boy knows that sweet flag root is good to eat, especially when boiled, cut in slices, and dried in sugar. It is the creeping rootstock which is edible.