Symplocarpus foetidus (closer to bulbous than cardamine)
Sat, 06 Apr 2013 12:40:44 PDT
Well they produce a corm;they grow wet but then so do a lot of Crinum. See  
what the board says but why would anyone object-Russ H,
 Yo know they are called skink cabbags for a reason. But I do know  people 
the smell didn't bother. It is a fascination group with species from all  
overr the world-Russ hH.
In a message dated 4/6/2013 12:23:43 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

Do skunk  cabbages (Symplocarpus foetidus) qualify as bulbous? geophytic?
They have  thickened rootstocks, anyway - yes?

I ask because fairly near our home  is a swamp with thousands of them
blooming now, and I've been surprised at  the range of spathe color.  The
darkest are almost-solid (subtlely  mottled) maroon; the palest are almost
solid yellow-green, with modest  purple stippling; and in between there's a
full range from very heavily to  lightly mottled and stippled.  If I have a
chance, I'm going back with  boots and a camera to record some of them.

Of course I've seem  Symplocarpus before, but I've never stopped to study a
large colony.   The smell is somewhat offputting, but the plants themselves
are entrancing  at this season.


Ellen Hornig
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Shrewsbury MA  01545
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