All nature lovers in North America are familiar with the eastern skunk cabbage (polecat weed) – a true spring harbinger, a curiosity, a reason to go hiking in the woods in early spring, a conversation subject but most of all a warm-blooded plant :)
Eastern skunk cabbage is the first plant to appear and flower in the frozen landscape due to its ‘central heating system’. The pointed inflorescences break through the ice and snow as heavily spotted, reddish thick-textured spathes that enclose the sexual parts (spadices). There would be lots to be said also about the medicinal and magic uses of skunk cabbage and the fact that it has an enormous importance in the woodland habitat. You can read more in the Blog.
Germination: seeds kept moist and allowed a warm/cold cycle will germinate around mid-to late May. Afterwards, plant them in a deep pot or in the ground. In the first year they won’t show much growth above ground, just bulking up their root system – see images in the gallery; last one was taken in August.