Springtime Duo 16, 2007
The same conditions that perfectly suit Marsh Marigold, are also prime for this member of the Arum family. It is known to push its way though the snow, and even generates a bit of heat, which can melt the snow back from its unusual flower. Unlike most flowers, the spathe shields the actual flower within. It is known for its unappealing odor, hence the name Skunk Cabbage. Symplocarpus foetidus, lives up to that Latin name. It is certainly considered fetid by most, although I have heard bears think it is quite tasty.
After the flower, these lovely green leaves unfurl which liken the plant to a cabbage. I like to think of it as a wetland hosta. What could be better than that?
So here is a tribute to a spring day: Marsh marigolds, Skunk cabbage and a sparkling stream which runs into our local Clearfork reservoir. I wish I could pipe in the sounds of the Loons calling too. It doesn't get any better than this :) Happy 'Picking!