Welcome to Western Skunk Cabbage Season

If you’re not familiar with Skunk Cabbage, welcome.

A flower only a fly could love. These beauties reside in Mount Rainier National Park, USA.

They show up in early spring. The pod-like flowers give off enough heat to melt surrounding snow. They love swampy, forest wetlands, and grow wild.

While theses flowers look delightful, their delightful smell falls somewhere between rotting meat and burnt tire. A smell only an insect could love, and they do. Bees, butterflies, flies, and other insects. But for humans and other mammals and rodents, it repels better than the Star Trek USS Enterprise’s force shield.

It may bear the name of cabbage, however, don’t eat the leaves, they can cause swelling of the mouth, burning, and choking. In extreme cases, they may be fatal.

We enjoy them from a distance.

Which makes me wonder if Katherine Hepburn’s character in “Stage Door” would have had a different spin on the scene, if they substituted Skunk Cabbage for Calla Lilies. (Hint: You may want to turn up the volume if you play this clip.)

Have a wonderful weekend all.









About Fannie Cranium

Writing since she could first hold a pen, Tracy Perkins formed her alter ego, "Fannie Cranium" at the suggestion of her husband. Tracy understands smiling makes people wonder what she’s been up to.
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9 Responses to Welcome to Western Skunk Cabbage Season

  1. Diane Perkins says:

    Good story…I remember these, playing in the woods and day hikes….Oooooh that smell,……perfect song… Enjoyed this…
    Thank you…

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  2. kerbey says:

    It had never occurred to me that flowers wouldn’t all smell fragrant and enjoyable. I imagine Katherine wouldn’t have put them in a vase if they were skunk cabbage. I’ll steer clear.


  3. Liz says:

    clever! Makes me think of how much I miss Amber and her superfluous blog. Good old days with singing and dancing 😉 Glad you’re still here! Sorry about the smelly flowers.


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