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Lysichiton camtschatcensis (Asian Skunk Cabbage)

Asian Skunk Cabbage, Skunk Cabbage


Noted for its bold arum-like flowers, Lysichiton camtschatcensis (Asian Skunk Cabbage) is a rhizomatous marginal aquatic perennial boasting fragrant blossoms adorned with a fleshy yellow-green spadix surrounded by a showy white spathe. Blooming in early to mid spring, they appear before the foliage and rise up to 12 in. tall (30 cm). Huge and leathery, the paddle-like, shiny green leaves, up to 3 ft. long (90 cm), start to unfurl as the flowers fade. Clump-forming, Lysichiton camtschatcensis is easily grown in bogs or water gardens, providing a mass of fragrant spring flowers.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm). Will naturalize over time to form colonies.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant thrives in humus-rich, fertile loam soils. Tolerates seasonal flooding of very shallow water over the roots.
  • great candidate for stream or pond margins, bog gardens or water gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • After the foliage has died back in fall, remove the dead leaves from the water.
  • Propagate by seed sown in wet soil in spring or summer or by offsets taken in summer.
  • Native to northern and eastern Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens

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