Symplocarpus foetidus (Eastern Skunk Cabbage) [5 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for extremely patient gardeners with experience handling seeds that require a chilling period. Sow immediately, about 1 inch deep, in a large pot or directly in a nursery bed, and leave them outdoors for the winter. They apparently won’t produce much top growth the first summer, so don’t think they have died if the leaves disappear by late summer!

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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 (these seeds are from plants growing here in Bucks County, PA), 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.

2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in September 2022. The seeds have been stored in a moist paper towel at room temperature since collection.Each packet will contain at least 5 large seeds.

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