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Lysichitum spp./Skunk Cabbage, Swamp Lantern

Lysichitum spp. / Lysichitum spp.
Typical, flat, bold leaf
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Typical, flat, bold leaf

Early spring foliage

Young plant in spring

Spring foliage just before flowering

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Scientific Name: Lysichitum spp.
Common Name: Skunk Cabbage, Swamp Lantern
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: The bright golden flower is quite sweet when it first opens, but as the flower fades the old flower and crushed foliage smells bad. Reported that wild life would plow up huge patches to eat the roots in spring. Bold, flat, coarse-textured foliage is quite attractive. It produces a large, golden spathe that is very similar to the peace lily and calla lily, both relatives. Grows in wet bogs.