skunk cabbage

James Waddick
Wed, 07 Mar 2007 06:18:53 PST
Dear Friends;
	The three species of Symplocarpus are all fairly infrequent 
in gardens, but all are 'growable'. They tend to be over looked in 
favor of the two species in the closely related genus, Lysichiton 
which have somewhat similar foliage and much showier flowers. 
Unfortunately they are all known as 'Skunk Cabbage'.

	They have somewhat similar growing requirements and do best 
at the edge of a pond or in the midst of spring streams. They can 
tolerate drier summers when they may go dormant.

	Only the American S. foetidus is common in cultivation, but 
both Lysichiton are seen more frequently.

		Best	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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