Eastern skunk cabbage has leaves which are large. It has contractile roots which contract after growing into the earth.


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About Skunkcabbage

Skunk cabbage is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. The three inch flower stem produces brown flowers, and will grow right through the receding snow in the spring. Flowers produce berry-like fruit.

What is most memorable about an encounter with Skunk Cabbage, is it s strong, offensive odor, resembling rotting meat. While humans do not like the smell, bee and fly pollinators are attracted to the foul odor.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Eastern skunk cabbage,meadow cabbage
Maximum Reachable Height 2 to 3 feet
Flower Colour Purple
Bloom Time April
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

Keep soil moist and boggy.

Skunkcabbage care

Skunk cabbage also repels many mammals, so it can be useful if you have a problem with four-legged vegetable thieves. If squirrels are eating your corn or raccoons get into your tomatoes, the scent of skunk cabbage may be enough to keep them away, allowing you to harvest food without bite marks.

Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Medium
Soil Well-drained soil
Temperature -15 to +15 degrees C.
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Skunkcabbage special feature

Stream or pond margins. Boggy areas. Water gardens.

Skunkcabbage uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • In the 1800 a drug called Dracontinium, made from skunk cabbage, was used to treat a variety of ailments
  • The rhizomes of skunk cabbage have been used for a variety ailments, including Antispasmodic,asthma,coughs,headaches

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Skunkcabbage ?

Skunkcabbage is commonly known as Eastern skunk cabbage,meadow cabbage

How tall do Skunkcabbage grow?

On average Skunkcabbage grows 2 to 3 feet

What color are Skunkcabbage ?

A Skunkcabbage plant bears flowers of color Purple

When Skunkcabbage blooms?

With enough light, Skunkcabbage may produce Purple flowers in April

How hard is Skunkcabbage to grow?

A Skunkcabbage is Easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Skunkcabbage need?

A Skunkcabbage prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

How much water does a Skunkcabbage need?

A Skunkcabbage prefers watering Medium

What kind of soil does a Skunkcabbage need?

A Skunkcabbage prefers Well-drained soil

What temperature does a Skunkcabbage like?

A Skunkcabbage prefers -15 to +15 degrees C.

How often should I fertilize my Skunkcabbage ?

To encourage Skunkcabbage growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


Thursday, 31 October 2019

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