|The Jack-in-the-Pulpit also known as Indian Turnip, is a two stemmed, tri parted dull green leaves, overshadow the hooded flower below at the junction of the stems. The green and purple brown spathe is pale when exposed to sunlight and deep purple in the shade. It blooms April thru June and may be found in shaded damp woods and swamps. These plants contain calcium oxalate crystals which are very poisonous. However it is these crystals which give the plant its medical uses. Indians were said cook and eat the roots as a vegetabele. The root may be eaten only after drying several months to destroy it's peppery toxin or roasted. The dried root also was used to make tea, for treating cold and coughs.