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Lysichiton americanus (Skunk Cabbage, Lysichiton)

Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading ground hugging
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Medium - high
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Lysichiton americanus - Cultivation Notes

The skunk cabbage requires its feet in water, so plant in a soil that is both fertile and moist. Bog Arum is well suited to planting on the edge of a pond or stream, either in full or part sun. Remove untidy dead flowers in late spring and mulch every autumn. Be prepared for a distinctive cabbage like scent when if flower!

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Lysichiton americanus:

  • Scented blossom
  • Tolerates permanently wet soil
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Lysichiton americanus

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations

Design & Plant Use for Lysichiton americanus:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting

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