Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Clumpfoot Cabbage, Foetid Pothos, Meadow Cabbage, Polecat Weed, Skunk Cabbage, or Swamp Cabbage
Whatever you call this plant, it's botanical name is always Symplocarpus foetidus and is a symbol of early spring. Here rising above the muddy ground you see the ball-like spathe inside the hooded spadix, which is approximately four inches high. The flowers are actually tiny and located on the spathe. The plant's leaves have not yet appeared.
Please note: Today's Flowers is the post below.
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Thanks for posting these. They are similar yet so different from the Western Skunk Cabbage. Who knew???? MB
Pretty little things! :)
Wonderful to see the skunk cabbage. I like it but not the smell. LOL.
The Hamlet of Gordon
I'll have to go out in our local conservation area and hunt for these strange plants.
I wondered what skunk cabbage looked like...just never throught to look it up online.
Great close ups!! I've heard of Skunk Cabbage but never saw it before! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!!
First, I thought skunk cabbage looked different. Then I saw the first post and SCS says Western Skink Cabbage looks different so maybe that's the answer.
Darla (our West)
I have heard of this but never seen it before. I like the spath tremendously!
I also left a comment on two others below this one.
These are really weird! Nice macro shots.
I've never seen this spring plant before, EG... I've heard the name--but hadn't ever seen it... Interesting!!! (Does it smell as bad as the name indicates???? ha)
Another fantastic picture! Congratulations!
Beautiful! Why is it called a skunk cabbage...does it smell skunky?
Oh yes, we have lots of these, and most of them are leafed out now. I do love the red color.
Thanks for visiting my site. Yes, it sounds funny when you read me writing about autumn when you are enjoying spring.
I am Down Under in New Zealand. Our seasons are opposite of you.
I have never seen a Skunk Cabbage. Do they stink like a skunk?
I am fascinated with the red spadices, but I have not found any in this neck of the woods!! So happy you have them, and could show them!!
Yes, but only sometimes. Not the day I took the photo. ;-)
Very interesting. I've never seen this before.
Terrific shots! Congrats on POTD!
And I thought it was some kind of mussel! Congarulation with David's honour - much deserved.
Your macro shots are so excellent! Thanks for sharing.
Interesting plant! And congrats with the POTD! Well deserved!
Very, very interesting! Congratulations on the Post of the Day Award!
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