I had to pull a couple of its leaves out of the way to get this shot. For all the world, it reminds me of an egg from the Alien movie franchise. See the facehugger ready to pop out?
The flowers are supposed to bloom from April through June, so I'll probably have more opportunities to photograph them.
According to Wikipedia, the pollinated flowers develop into a pod that later splits open and is eaten by ants.
I also learned that this plant has aromatic properties similar to real ginger. But although it was used by native Americans as a medicinal herb, the plant contains aristolochic acid and asarone, both of which are carcinogens.