Symplocarpus foetidus
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Symplocarpus foetidus

skunk cabbage

  family araceae 
  genus symplocarpus 

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Genus  Symplocarpus Species  foetidus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  skunk cabbage Family  ARACEAE Specimen number  S6669 Data source  MedPl p272;Frgnt p268
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Symplocarpus foetidus has mild rank smelling leaves.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  expectorant   antispasmodic   antipertussive   antiasthmatic   decongestant Medicinal parts  Root   Rhizome Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Dermatologic irritant. Medicinal notes  Symplocarpus foetidus has herbal applications as an expectorant, as an antispasmodic, as an antipertussive and as an antiasthmatic. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. The root and the rhizome are used in herbal preparations. Dermatologic irritant.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  skunk-like odor Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Rank Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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