skunk cabbage

John Grimshaw
Fri, 02 Mar 2007 10:33:38 PST
Janis Ruksans is selling Symplocarpus this year, with a lovely picture of it 
on the cover of his catalogue. For some reason it doesn't seem to do well in 
England - not sure why not - and one very seldom sees it here. The best 
example I know is at Kew. On the other hand, Lysitchiton americanum is a 
terrible weed in some watercourses.

John Grimshaw

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Whyer" <>
To: "'Pacific Bulb Society'" <>
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 5:50 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] skunk cabbage

>> Can anybody help me to find Symplocarpus foetidus seeds or seedlings
> please?
>>   > When I saw where L. vernum was growing in the wild in the Czech
>>   > Republic, I knew why they never survived for me.  It was in the same
>>   > squelchy conditions where I would expect our native Lysichiton
>>   > americanus.
> As the new member Marilyn will find out, you learn something new quite 
> often
> on this list.
> I had not realised, or maybe just forgotten, that Symplocarpus was also
> called skunk cabbage. I am used to the yellow
> bc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished and white forms of
> Lysichiton, which also grows at Saville garden not far from my home. I
> always think it looks more like a giant cos lettuce.
> Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8?
> Where the magnolias are breaking, many weeks early
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