Authentic Wisconsin.  Skunk Cabbage - Symplocarpus foetidus


Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 13, 2020.

Above: Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum (3/13/20).


Skunk Cabbage - Symplocarpus foetidus

One of the first native first native plants to bloom in early spring. Bruised leaves present a fragrance reminiscent of skunk.

Often blooming well before the snow melts, Skunk Cabbage is found in moist habitats, including marshy deciduous woods, wet thickets, swamps, near springs, alongside streams and wetlands, in bogs and by seeps.

Other names include: Swamp cabbage or other names referring to the shape of the large leaves or it's smell.

Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 17, 2020.

Above: Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 17, 2020.



SKUNK CABBAGE
(Symplocarpus foetidus)

by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

Skunk Cabbage is a handsome thing

Comes while it is cold in Spring;

Protects his babes from wind and storm

In a big coat that keeps them warm.



For more information on Skunk Cabbage, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the University of Wisconsin Master Gardener Program website page about Skunk Cabbage.

Or, read about the UW-Madison Wisconsin Arboretum story about Skunk Cabbage wetlands.

Or, read the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources story about Skunk Cabbage - Winter heat in the hood.


Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 17, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 17, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 17, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 17, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 17, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 20, 2021 the first day of Spring.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 20, 2021 the first day of Spring.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 20, 2021 the first day of Spring.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 20, 2021 the first day of Spring.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.
Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.

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Skunk Cabbage
Symplocarpus foetidus


Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.

Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.

Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.

Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 30, 2021.


Above: Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum (3/30/21)


Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 4, 2021.


Above: Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum (4/4/21)


Skunk Cabbage after the flowers have bloomed in UW-Madison Arboretum on May 4, 2019.

Skunk Cabbage after the flowers have bloomed in UW-Madison Arboretum on May 4, 2019.


Above: Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum (5/4/19)


Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 29, 2022.


Above: Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum (4/29/22)


1918 Skunk Cabbage illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott.

Above: 1918 Skunk Cabbage illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist.


1913 USDA Skunk Cabbage illustration.


Above: 1913 Skunk Cabbage illustration.


' 1918 Skunk Cabbage Wild Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by Janet Laura Scott.

Skunk Cabbage.


Above: Skunk Cabbage.


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