Skunk Cabbage Show Time

Skunk Cabbage Row 2014

Skunk Cabbage Row 2014

Now is the time to stop along any stream to see the Western Skunk Cabbage Lysichiton americanusis leafing out. This plant is generally the first spring plant to leaf out in swamps or wet woods. Tearing a plant leaf produces a ‘skunk’ order. The stinky odor attracts pollinators like flies and beetles. It produces showy yellow-greenish flowers February through March. Its large waxy leaves were used by natives to line berry baskets and wrap around whole salmon and other foods when baked under a fire. Here is a very interesting article in The Seattle Times on Skunk Cabbage.

Springing up are the Trilliums….Trillium 2014

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