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Photo courtesy of Jessica Helmbold, Patuxent NWR.

Skunk cabbage

Scientific name
Symplocarpus foetidus
Plant Family
Plant Group
These fist-sized, football-shaped flowers are a vibrant red petal covering a yellow corn cob like spadix inside. The leaves smell very similar to skunk spray. These wetlands plants bloom in late winter to early spring and have a chemical property that melts the snow around them when they're ready to bloom.
Identification Hints

These fist-sized, football-shaped flowers are a vibrant red petal covering a yellow corn cob like spadix inside. The leaves smell very similar to skunk spray. These wetlands plants bloom in late winter to early spring and have a chemical property that melts the snow around them when they're ready to bloom.

Did You Know?

Skunk cabbage is widespread and found throughout the eastern United States. However, it is endangered in Tennessee. The foul odor produced by the leaves attracts pollinators like flies and other insects.

States
CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV