Skunkcabbage - Plant

skunkcabbage - plant
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Lysichiton camtschatcensis
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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.

Common name: Lysichiton camtschatcensis
Color: Yellow to green
Bloom time: April
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & 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

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: -15 degrees to +15 degrees C.

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

  • Keep soil moist and boggy.

Special Feature:
Stream or pond margins. Boggy areas. Water gardens.
Medicinal use:
  • In the 1800 s 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:

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

for medicinal use

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