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