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Lysichiton camtschatcensis (Asian skunk cabbage)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lysichiton camtschatcensis

Other names

Asian skunk cabbage

Genus

Lysichiton Lysichiton

Species

L. camtschatcensis - L. camtschatcensis is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with large, ovate leaves. In early spring, it produces large, fragrant flowers consisting of a white spathe and green, inner spadix.


Lysichiton camtschatcensis is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers have a musky aroma. Although not overpowering, it will be stronger if there are several flowers.

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White, Green in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Lysichiton camtschatcensis (Asian skunk cabbage) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Bog garden, Low Maintenance, Waterside

Cultivation

This is a plant for the waterside or bog garden, so grow in permantly-moist, fertile, humus-rich soil. It is a robust plant, happy in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions, Pond/In water

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lysichiton camtschatcensis

Other names

Asian skunk cabbage

Genus

Lysichiton Lysichiton

Species

L. camtschatcensis - L. camtschatcensis is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with large, ovate leaves. In early spring, it produces large, fragrant flowers consisting of a white spathe and green, inner spadix.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers have a musky aroma. Although not overpowering, it will be stronger if there are several flowers.

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White, Green in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lysichiton camtschatcensis (Asian skunk cabbage) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Bog garden, Low Maintenance, Waterside

Cultivation

This is a plant for the waterside or bog garden, so grow in permantly-moist, fertile, humus-rich soil. It is a robust plant, happy in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions, Pond/In water

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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