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.
With its giant prehistoric looking leaves and huge bright yellow flowers, skunk cabbage is hard to mistake for anything else. It is abundant in wet places and its yellow blooms are one of the first harbingers of spring.