Saturday, April 24, 2010

First of the wildflowers blanketing the woods of Indiana

I noticed a lot of new flowers today during a hike at Sunset Farm County Park in Porter Co Indiana. One of our new arrivals is the Jack-in-the-pulpit or Indian Turnip. According to my Audubon field guide Indians ate the corms of these flowers. They are said to have a very peppery taste made better by cooking. They are called Jack-in-the-pulpit because the flower looks like a tiny man in a pulpit. 
Personally I think it looks like a tiny papoose in a blanket.  The small plants are all over in the undergrowth of the oak and pine forest in the park and are adding to the growing green of the spring.


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