Western skunk cabbage (USA), yellow skunk cabbage (UK), or swamp lantern (Lysichiton americanus)

Skunk Liliy/Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

Western Skunk Cabbage derives its name from the malodorous, distinctive “skunky” odor that it emits. The brilliant color of the flowers earns it an alternative name of Swamp Lantern.

Skunk cabbage — touch it and you’ll pay smelly price

Fresh and succulent — but smelling like carrion — they look like something from the planet Venus, with vivid yellow, satellite-dishlike blooms bright enough to earn skunk cabbage its nickname: Swamp Lantern.

Odiferous, luminous and dramatic, Lysichiton americanum graces low wet spots from the earliest wan gray days of spring into full summer.

Brush any part of the plant and its trademark skunky scent will bite the air. Bite back, and you’ll regret it.

 

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