This is the Dragon, the Jack In the Pulpit, very near the hermitage. The flower is just now starting to come up. You can see it just between/above the two middle leaves of the two plants. It is poisonous, even deadly, even used to kill people, the leaves, the stalk, the root, the berries, the flower, all of it. Super toxic. Hmmm. Not sure what the story is behind the reference to any pulpit in the nickname of the plant. The other nickname, with reference to the Dragon, isn’t any better. Other nicknames only go downhill from there. The Latin name, Arum maculatum, makes it seem that this is the flower one would never ever give to the IMmaculate Conception (macula=stain; immacula=no stain). Jack in the Pulpit maybe refers to some early American fire and brimstone preacher man who never referenced mercy in his sermons. You gotta keep justice in perspective with mercy. You gotta.
Should the flower blossom successfully, it would nevertheless make a good flower to give to the Immaculate Conception. After all, she also interceded for those preacher guys who know nothing about the beatitude about those who show mercy getting mercy. She wouldn’t make that intercession unless there were a bit of hope available for those seemingly lost to the dragon, toxic as they are. There is nothing more beautiful than a toxic sinner presenting himself now humbly before Jesus and His good mom. Pray for us sinners, Mary, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Confession! It’s so easy.