Symplocarpus foetidus (closer to bulbous than cardamine)

Ellen Hornig
Sat, 06 Apr 2013 16:32:06 PDT
Hi, Steve!

I hope to go back tomorrow and get some photos, before the spathes
shrivel.  It really is a splendid colony, but it's in a trashy wet woodland
in town.  The plants don't mind, but I find it depressing to traipse past
bottles and cans and through rivulets of suspicious-looking runoff.

On the other hand, there's a big patch of feral crocus along the path
(tommy types, I guess, but nice large flowers), and I have ambitions to
relocate some to home.  I keep telling myself that waiting and collecting
seed is the sensible thing to do - and I will try to do that too - but
instant gratification is so appealing....

I'm willing to try to go back later in the season to collect symplocarpus
seed, if there's any interest in it.  I know it needs to be kept quite
damp, so I'll pack it in something moist and send it along to Dell for


On Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM, Steve Marak <> wrote:

> Ellen,
> One of my favorite North American aroids, though they don't grow this
> far south and west (NW Arkansas). I'd love to see any pictures you get
> of the natural variation in the plants.
> I've tried growing Lysichiton, the western skunk cabbage. Fine in the
> winter, but just wouldn't take our summers. (My source was a friend in
> the Pacific NW, so perhaps plants from the southern end of the range
> would have a better chance here.) Symplocarpus has such a wide range it
> might well be more adaptable, but apparently no one but me wants to grow
> it.
> Steve

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Ellen Hornig
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Shrewsbury MA 01545

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