More About Symplocarpus foetidus
- Maroon spathe is open on one side to reveal green-yellow flowers (spadix)
- Large, green leaves unfold as flowers fade
- Foliage reaches its maximum size by early summer (60cm x 30cm)
- Both leaves and flowers emit a skunk-like smell
- Bloom Time: February to May
- Cabbage-like leaves, when bruised, have a skunk-like odour, hence its common name.
- Flowers also emit a skunk odour that flies detect which helps with pollination.
- A chemical process allows the flowers to heat up to 15 degrees Celsius to help melt through a late winter, snow cover.
Skunk Cabbage Growing and Maintenance Tips
Plant in partial to full shade in a consistently moist or wet, mucky soil. May also be found in shallow standing waters, 2-5 cm in depth. Naturally found in wet, deciduous forests, swamps, or shady wetlands. In late summer leaves will wither away, especially if sufficient water is not provided.
Symplocarpus foetidus Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Wet Soils
Moist to Average
Flowering TimeEarly Spring