Authentic Wisconsin.  Skunk Cabbage - Symplocarpus foetidu


Skunk Cabbage in UW-Madison Arboretum on March 13, 2019.

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


Skunk Cabbage - Symplocarpus foetidu

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, 2019.

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.


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Skunk Cabbage
Symplocarpus foetidu


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

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


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


Skunk Cabbage.


Above: Skunk Cabbage.


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