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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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central Illinois
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jmorth
Jan 23, 2016 10:44 PM CST
Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

I'm partial to the Name

It's common name describes it so well.
It practically jumps up in the spring, and it's very neat, and unique presentation really does look like some body preaching from a pulpit. It has distinctive foliage and a bonus of bright, shiny red berries in the fall. Being in a shady location, these berries really stand out!
Also, it has a history, a human side; the plant was used by native Americans (and early settlers) for a variety of medicinal applications, and the corm can be eaten (if first boiled or baked, which neutralizes the calcium oxalate reactivity).
Always a conversation piece.

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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Jan 24, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Definitely a good shade plant! I have only one variety thus far and it gets quite large. It will form a colony in no time -- if you don't want that, just remove the clump of berries that develop after it blooms.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Hellebores Ferns Ponds
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aspenhill
Jan 24, 2016 2:31 PM CST
I find them naturally throughout my woodlands and I've moved a few up to garden beds around the house. Love this plant.

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central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 2 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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jmorth
Jan 24, 2016 4:53 PM CST
Up here they are usually found in woods, especially wooded hills (unfortunately neither are common around here any more).
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