Skunk Cabbage ◦ A Sign of Spring

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors talks about Skunk Cabbage [Symplocarpus foetidus] a hearty plant that is an indicator of spring's impending return.  A reason the Skunk Cabbage is able to sprout so early is because of thermogenesis, the ability to generate its own heat.  The Skunk Cabbage can melt snow around it and use it's heat to spread it's smell and attract pollinators such as flys and beetles.  The Skunk Cabbage has a wide range of population, spanning from eastern Asia to Eastern North America, but is found in wet, low-lying, boggy areas.