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Symplocarpus foetidusSymplocarpus foetidusSymplocarpus foetidus

skunk cabbage

Photograph(s) by*: USFWS BES, RHW


Height: 1-3'
Flowers: Feb.-May; green to purple-brown

Conditions *

Light: Partial shade Shade
Moisture: Wet
Soil pH: 4-7
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy


fresh tidal and nontidal marshes and shrub swamps, forested wetlands, seeps

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD


Songbird Waterfowl *


flower inconspicuous, emerges before leaves; sap has skunk-like odor

 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
Last updated: 1 October 2004