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.
Above: Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on April 17, 2020.
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.
Above: Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum (3/30/21)
Above: Skunk Cabbage flower in UW-Madison Arboretum (4/4/21)
Above: Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum (5/4/19)
Above: Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum (4/29/22)
Above: 1918 Skunk Cabbage illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist.
Above: 1913 Skunk Cabbage illustration.
Above: Skunk Cabbage.