1L Yellow Skunk Cabbage Lysichiton americanus

Code: PL0821
1L Yellow Skunk Cabbage Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage Lysichiton americanus - 1L Pot

Lysichiton americanus is a herbaceous perennial which bears pungent, bright yellow flowers in early spring, followed by green, oval leaves up to 1.2m in length. It is easy to grow, and at home in moist, fertile soil. Its bright yellow flowers are striking and colourful. This plant has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.


  • Flower Colour: bright yellow
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Approx. Growth Height: up to 1.5m
  • Flowering time: summer
  • Uses: flower beds and borders, pond margins, bog gardens
  • Tolerance: frost tolerant
  • Growing Habit: clump-forming
  • Exposure: sheltered
  • Hardiness: hardy
  • Rate of Growth: fast


  • Light Requirements: partial shade, full sun
  • Soil Requirements: loam, acid, neutral, alkaline
  • Moisture: poorly-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Lysichiton americanus is a low maintenance, easy-to-grow plant, which thrives in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil, and requires no pruning.


  • Plant spreading: up to 1m
Lysichiton americanus will grow in sunny, moist sites, or in pool margins. Propagate by sowing seeds in wet soil in spring or summer or by offsets taken in summer.

Perennials are flowering plants which grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter. They live for more than two years and typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next through a form of vegetative reproduction rather than seeding. Perennial plants often have deep, extensive root systems which can hold soil to prevent erosion, capture dissolved nitrogen before it can contaminate ground and surface water, and outcompete weeds. They grow very well in conditions that are poor in resources due to their earlier emergence in the spring and their development of larger root systems, enabling them to access water and soil nutrients deeper in the soil.

The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.


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