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Symplocarpus (Skunk Cabbage)

Skunk Cabbage is a small genus of some five species from boggy marshes in North America and Northeastern Asia, which are rarely seen in cultivation. They are herbaceous rhizomatous perennials with a large dark maroon hooded inflorescence before the large, short stalked leaves emerge in mid spring. For any very moist, peaty or humus rich soil, e. g. at the edge of ponds in partial shade to full sun. Symplocarpus are very robust and longlived plants once they are established.
On receipt immediately sow seeds flat in any humus-rich soil, keep sowings always very moist and pots in a protected, sunny spot outside during winter. The large seeds require a prolonged cooling period for several months before they will start to germinate with rising temperatures in spring. Transplant in late summer after withering of leaves or during the following spring as soon as seedlings are strong enough.
All are USDA Climate Zone 6.
2 large seeds per package.