Asian skunk cabbage

Lysichiton camtschatcensis | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Lysichiton camtschatcensis or Asian skunk cabbage may not sound attractive but this is an elegant plant that looks graceful in wet parts of the garden such as pond sides and bog gardens. Sometimes this plant may have an unpleasant smell but at other times it may not smell at all or have a rather pleasant aroma, so it may be a good idea to plant it in an area where the scent won’t easily reach garden visitors. Displaying lustrous leathery green leaves and beautiful white flowers, Asian skunk cabbage is ideally grown in loamy soil with poor drainage either in full sunlight or partial shade. Its lovely looks will be admired wherever this pretty plant is grown.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have severe stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 0.7 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • unknown
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 0
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
  • water feature
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Aquatic & semiaquatic plants
  • Semiaquatic plants
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Pond plants
  • For birds & bees
  • Tough survivors
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Pond
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years