My parents have a shaded slope garden in the backyard that is lushly planted. A couple years ago I was excited to find a Jack in the Pulpit volunteer in their garden. My parents always ask me to go around the garden in search of poison ivy and I point it out to my dad who paints it with poison Ivy killer. Well my dad isn’t always very good at recognizing one three leaved plant from another and mom was devastated one day because he’d seen the 3 leaves of the JITP and seemingly killed it. Well this spring it popped up, obviously unharmed by the poison ivy killer, and has seemingly spread into a dense little cluster. We also found a clump of seedlings a few feet away and I dug them up to put in my garden.
My mom was telling her neighbor about it and the woman freaked her out about how aggressively they spread and that they’ll take over and she’ll never be able to get rid of it! This of course is coming from someone who apparently loved bishops weed and planted it all over her garden!
I enjoy JITP in the woods and obviously see it a lot, but it never looks very aggressive. The variety my mom has looks the same as what I see in the woods, it doesn’t appear to be one of the different varieties.
Anyway, obviously it’s a native plant so not technically considered “invasive” but if it is really going to be such a nuisance then maybe I will help her dig it out now before it goes totally nuts. Has anyone else noted it as being particularly aggressive?
My mom’s garden has a woodland feel with lots of ferns, hosta, oakleaf hydrangea, aucuba, tiarella, heuchera, bleeding hearts, epimedium, brunera, oh and (shhh) vinca minor … amongst many other shade lovers. The JITP seems to fit right in.