Summer days & Symplocarpus

This week I had a quick walk in the woods to check on few things. This is a sunny and a bit blurry image from the place where Symplocarpus grows:

Summer day - Utricularia

The yellow flowers belong to a carnivorous plant named Utricularia

In the same day I went hiking, I also checked the moist seed bags and, look what I found!

Symplocarpus foetidus seedlings

Symplocarpus foetidus seedlings

I always keep a small sample of seeds from species I collected for the first time, to see how the germination goes. I found a source saying that skunk cabbage seeds may germinate in late November, so I kept checking on them throughout the late fall, winter, early spring…. Then, as the season started I got busy with other things.

By the way they look, germination started somewhere in late May – they got potted up in a big pot with muddy soil; ready to find a good home :)

Not much else is flowering in the woods right now; it is green and quiet after the spring exuberance; some fruits are ripening. Ceanothus americanus blooming in a shady spot (New Jearsey tea) was a welcomed sight.

Ceanothus americanus

Ceanothus americanus

Unfortunately, it is not much cultivated despite its multiple qualities: pollinator plant, larval host for butterflies; with wildlife and medicinal values. It also tolerates a good amount of shade and poor soil conditions.