Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of NPS, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Western skunk cabbage

Scientific name
Lysichiton americanus
Plant Family
Plant Group
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.
Identification Hints

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.

Did You Know?

Western skunk cabbage, as the name suggests, is only found west of Montana and Wyoming. Its range extends into California to the south and north to Alaska. The roots are a known food source of bears.

States
AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY