These hooded flowers have the creep factor nailed from looks to smell. They are this month’s featured illustration.
Symplocarpus foetidus is known by many names: Skunk Cabbage, Clumpfoot Cabbage, Meadow Cabbage, Polecat Weed, and Swamp Cabbage. It is a stinky, smelly plant that grows in the wetlands in North America and parts of Asia. It flowers just above the mud keeping its stem buried below the surface. It’s a thermogenic plant, which means it has the ability to raise its temperature above that of the surrounding air. This allows it to melt snow and ice so it may bloom.
To all my brethren busy stuffing themselves with turkey, candied yams, and pumpkin pie, Happy Thanksgiving. To everyone else, Happy Thursday.
illustration by me!