Symplocarpus foetidus (closer to bulbous than cardamine)

Ellen Hornig
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 14:33:20 PDT
Very interesting, Jim!  I wondered when I should collect them - I've never
gone after these before.

Do you, or does anyone, know whether freshly ripened seed can be stored in
damp sphagnum moss?


On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Jim McKenney <>wrote:

> Ellen wrote: "To those who requested seed directly: I will send what I can
> to the seedex, but I'm not interested in custom collecting."
> Here in Maryland, seed of Symplocarpus foetidus ripen in November and a
> visit to the wild plants then will generally find the stumps of the old
> inflorescence surrounded by big brownish seeds (about the size of a shelled
> hazel nut). By now those seeds have probably already germinated, and the
> roots go deep quickly in my experience. But collecting such germinated
> seeds might be the easiest way of collecting plants - and such germinated
> seeds do not post the storage problems fresh seed does. The newly ripened
> seeds are notoriously hard to store for even brief periods. And the crowns
> of mature plants are attached to a dead man's leg of a root system - bring
> your back hoe if you want to attempt it.
> Jim McKenney
> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Asphodelus acaulis,
> the early fritillaries, tulips, hyacinths, muscari, corydalis and loads of
> other things are blooming.
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Ellen Hornig
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