Large gloriously bright yellow spathes emerge from the damp swamps just when the winter’s chill has left. Being too early for bees, it emits a skunky scent to lure in alternate pollinators. Soon its large magnificent waxy +1m emerald green leaves emerge. It can make large colonies where it stabilizes marshes and other slow moving waterways from erosion from spring monsoons. Aka Yellow Swamp Lantern.
On an added note, coming home from elementary school, I spied the cheerful bright yellow spathes and waded into the mud to pick my mother its flowers. In my child’s mind the beauty of the flowers was not impaired by its musky scent. Of all the bouquets my mom has received, this one still remains the most memorable.
- Seed Count: 20-25
- Collection Date: July 2023
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Height and Width: +1m x +1m
- Germination test type: float
- Family: Araceae
How to germinate Lysichiton americanus seeds:
Seeds must be kept moist otherwise viability is severely compromised. Will be stored in moist peat and shipped in such. Mimic its native conditions as seeds are dropped in August when the cones disintegrate. Surface sow seeds in perpetually very moist medium. Give gentle warmth for 90 days then 90 days cold stratification. Seat pots 3/4 their height in a water tray when seedlings germinate. Give strong indirect light and cool conditions. Give dappled shade in summer and don’t let medium dry out.