Irish wildflowers

American Skunk-cabbage, Lysichiton americanus
Photos by Liam Stenson

American Skunk-cabbage / Yellow Skunk-cabbage
Lysichiton americanus
Geathar búi
Family: Araceae

Flowering spring. Rhizomatous perennial. Introduced, garden escape.

Large foul-smelling flowers with yellow spathe and a greenish spadix. Very large, stalked leaves, the leaf blades 35-150cm long. Contains calcium oxalate crystals. Rhizines 30cm+ long.

Occurs as an occasional garden escape or relic of cultivation. Naturalised on river and canal banks and in wet woodland and marshes.


American Skunk-cabbage, Lysichiton americanus
American Skunk-cabbage, Lysichiton americanus. April 2009. © Liam Stenson:

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