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Skunk cabbage

Lysichiton spp.

Lysichite blanc à Shiramine (Hakusan) - 08 - 2016-04-25 by RAW (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Frequent watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





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Skunk cabbage Overview

A genus comprising 2 species and one cultivated hybrid in the Araceae (arum) family of flowering plants. They are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials native to Northeastern Asia and Northwestern America. Commonly known as skunk cabbage, they have large sword-shaped leaves and arum-like flowers that consist of a fleshy stem packed with tiny flowers (a spadix) surrounded by a hood or bract known as a spathe. In cultivation they prefer a boggy position.

How to propagate Skunk cabbage


You can propagate by seeds when fresh in late summer.


By division.

Other uses of Skunk cabbage

Grown for their handsome spathes and foliage.