Symplocarpus foetidus (L.) Salisb. ex W.P.C.Barton

Skunk Cabbage

Family: Araceae

Genus: Symplocarpus

Category: Perennial

Size: To 2' tall

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


The leaves, to 24" long and 12" across, basal, come after the flowers, which are a spadix surrounded by a curved spathe. Prefers moist soils. Skunk smell when crushed.


Native to Russia, China and Japan, eastern Canada and the eastern and central US.

Published in Veg. Mater. Med. U.S. 1: 124 in 1817 - Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate 71 is cited (Arum Americanum, Betae folio).

Basionym Dracontium foetidum L.

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