Symplocarpus foetidus (Eastern Skunk Cabbage) [5 Seeds]


Germination Information: This species is so slow-growing that you are really best off starting with plants, if you can find them for sale. I recommend these seeds only for extremely patient gardeners. Sow immediately, about 1 inch deep, in a large pot or directly in a nursery bed, and leave them outdoors for the winter. Keep the soil evenly moist. They won’t produce much top growth the first few years, and they will take many years to reach flowering size.

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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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