Eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is one of the first perennials to bloom each year, with mature plants sending up low, greenish yellow blooms surrounded by a maroon (sometimes speckled with yellow-green) hood in late winter to very early spring, even if there is still snow on the ground. The 2- to 3-foot-tall clumps of broad, green, hosta-like leaves appear later in spring and lasts into mid- to late summer, then withers away. In early fall, you may find large, lumpy black fruits on the ground where the flowers were earlier. Native to parts of north-central and northeastern North America, this wetland species is very slow-growing but can live for decades once established. Partial to full shade; moist to wet soil. Perennial; Zones 4 to 7 or 8.
2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in mid-September 2023; if I can, it will again be only a small amount. Collected on September 14, 2022. Each packet will contain at least 5 seeds. Very few available (only two packets this year); one packet per person. PA ecotype.
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