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White skunk cabbage

Lysichiton camtschatcensis

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In early spring, this plant produces 16-inch-long, pointed white spathes that mask spikes of tiny green flowers, with no offensive odor. Large, glossy, leathery, oblong leaves 20 to 39 inches long grow from the base of the spathes.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsOnce established, white skunk cabbage sets deep roots and will flourish.

CareThrives in full shade and boggy soil. Grow along the margins of a stream or in a boggy area where it will remain moist.

PropagationRemove offsets in spring or summer.


  • Genus : Lysichiton
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Light : Full Shade
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White, Yellow

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