Lysichiton are hardy perennial bog plants that reach from 60 cm to 1.2 m (2 to 4 feet) in height.
They have a very primitive look with yellow-green flowers atop of a spadix, which is surrounded by a white hooded spathe.
One of the common names for the Lysichiton plant is Skunk Cabbage.
Lysichiton americanus - Yellow Skunk Cabbage by Sandy__R.
It is best to start growing Skunk cabbage outdoors. The seeds should be sown at a depth of 6 mm (1/4 inch) using fresh seed towards the end of summer.
As they are bog plants, Lysichiton like to grow in a soil that is deep, rich and wet.
Preferably Lysichiton plants hould be grown in a sunny boggy part of the garden. The germination of Skunk cabbage takes about one to two months.
Once growing, thin the seedlings so that they are about 90 to 120 cm (3 to 4 feet) apart.
Skunk cabbage is pretty easy to grow and look after. It is important to keep the soil that Lysichito is in moist at all times. Ideally the plants will grow in standing water, but if this is not possible then apply lots of water to keep the soil saturated.
If you require more Lysichiton plants then they can be had by division at the start of spring.
The Lysichiton genus is small, with just two species. These are the American skunk-cabbage and the Asian skunk-cabbage.
While Lysichiton is unusual and striking, it may not be the best choice for a garden due to its strong, unpleasant smell and large size.
Of the two species, Lysichiton americanus (American skunk-cabbage) is the one most frequently encountered in specialist gardens.
Lysichiton plants do have a strong fragrance, but it's not usually considered pleasant. They're often referred to as skunk-cabbage due to their skunky smell.
Lysichiton thrives in a wet, marshy environment with plenty of shade. They're often found near streams or in bog gardens.
Lysichiton americanus is native to the USA and not considered invasive. However, Lysichiton camtschatcensis is considered invasive in some European countries.
Removing Lysichiton can be challenging due to its extensive root system. It's best to dig out the plant completely, making sure to remove all root fragments.
The Lysichiton genus, a member of the Araceae family, comprises perennial plants native to North America and Asia. These wetland plants are often used in ponds and water gardens, noted for their large, glossy leaves and distinctive, aromatic spathes.
Lysichiton prefers partial shade and wet or moist, rich soil. It requires ample watering, especially during dry periods. Propagation is typically done through seeds or division, generally in the spring.