Symplocarpus foetidus (Eastern Skunk Cabbage) [6 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these only for patient gardeners with experience handling challenging perennial seeds with multi-cycle germination patterns. The general approach is to sow fresh seeds immediately, so they don’t have a chance to dry out, pressing them into the top of the growing medium. (I have read advice to bury the seeds deeply, but when I have seen them sprouting in the wild, they are usually sitting at the soil surface.) Leave the container outdoors through the winter. Roots might start forming in fall but figure that sprouting may not be evident until spring.

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A common sight in wet woodlands but not typically used as a garden plant, eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) offers a number of interesting seasonal features. Flowering begins in late winter to early spring, with a plump spadix covered by a maroon- and green-mottled spathe (hood). The odorous blooms are followed in later spring by large clumps of broad, green leaves, which typically then go dormant in late summer. In early fall, if you look closely, you may seed the dark brown, fist-sized seedpods right at ground level. The fleshy pods split when mature, leaving the dark seeds on the surface. Though the seeds are relatively large, they look much like pebbles or bits of soil and can be very difficult to find. This species is native to eastern US; these seeds are from wild plants growing here in Bucks County, PA. Partial to full shade; moist to wet soil. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8.

Collected in mid September 2023. The seeds have been stored moist at room temperature since September 15, 2023. At least 6 seeds per packet. Very limited quantity; one packet per person. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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