Lysichiton americanus


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Lysichiton americanus

plant in the Araceae family; toxin unidentified, causes congenital, including cranio-facial, deformity; called also skunk cabbage.
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For drama I've planted Lysichiton Americanus, the Skunk Cabbage, with its huge yellow spathes, smelling of rotten vegetation as a means of attracting pollinating insects.
Beyond the true Arums, there is a huge range of plants from the Arum family for you to search out, including the Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum; the mouse plant, Arisarum proboscideum with its strange long-tailed spathes; the Arisaema's that have become so popular for collectors over recent years; the bog Arum, Calla pallustris; the Yellow Skunk Cabbage, Lysichiton americanus with its distinctive musky smell and the Flamingo Flower, Anthurium andraeanum.
IF there's a nasty niff in the air, it's probably coming from Lysichiton americanus, the American skunk cabbage.