Early Skunk Cabbage Doesn’t Disappoint

Saw a fly buzz around the other day, so I went looking for a patch of stinkin’ Skunk Cabbage. Actually, it was February 28th, after some record-breaking warm weather for a couple of days here in Central Pennsylvania, on Feb 23 and 24. (Photos taken Feb 28, 2017). It was probably the earliest in a … Read moreEarly Skunk Cabbage Doesn’t Disappoint

Skunk Cabbage First Flowers of Spring

The First Flower of Spring Award goes to… Skunk Cabbage! Looking back on my old posts here at wildeherb, it seems I’m so excited for Spring to arrive that every year I just have to get out and see the skunk cabbage. That may be because it’s our first flower of spring, but also it’s … Read moreSkunk Cabbage First Flowers of Spring

Your Skunk Cabbage Isn’t My Skunk Cabbage

The different flavors of The Discovery Channel or The History Channel are the TV channels most likely to be left on all day in my house. I was going about a few chores just this week when I overhead a familiar name and so I turned my attention to the big screen. Somebody was talking … Read moreYour Skunk Cabbage Isn’t My Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage Flowers Hide in the Woodlands

Skunk Cabbage flowers are not your typical Spring blossoms. Anyone who wasn’t educated about the structure of this strange plant would be hard pressed to recognize the flowers as such, or to find them in the first place. The flowers grow in colonial fashion on a sphere inside a protective hood. One can see these … Read moreSkunk Cabbage Flowers Hide in the Woodlands

Skunk Cabbage at the Spring-Fed Stream

The trees on our ridge-top are just starting to make their leaves so the hillsides still look bare. The spring-fed streams look more alive with the skunk cabbage developing their huge green leaves. The skunk cabbage has already bloomed for the year and is one of the only noticeable green things out here. No doubt … Read moreSkunk Cabbage at the Spring-Fed Stream

Huge Skunk Cabbage Leaves Roll Out at the Creek

Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, is quite noticeable this time of year as its enormous leaves dominate the wetlands. Go driving around the countryside and where there are creeks, backwaters, or the edges of rivers in woodlands look for the very large, bright green leaves of this perennial plant. Skunk cabbage occurs in the wetland areas … Read moreHuge Skunk Cabbage Leaves Roll Out at the Creek