Lysichiton americanus

Skunk Cabbage

Plant foul-smelling. Leaves appearing at flowering, egg-shaped, deep green, elongate, to 1–2 ft. long and half as wide, overtaking the flower stalk, thick petiole graduating into thick midvein. Flowers yellow-green, numerous on stout spike partly surrounded by very large yellow bract. Grows in tree-shaded freshwater swamps, marshes, wet edges of streams, from coast to low elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--3 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Vernal Wet
  • Found In: Alaska To Cal., West Gorge, Siskiyous, Mt. Rainier Np, Olympic Np, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes

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