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Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) comes by the name honestly because when crushed, the leaves have a strong skunk odor. Skunk cabbage can thrive in the saturated soil of the bog forest or shrub zone. When the flowers appear in spring they emit a skunk odor which is said to attract pollinating flies and stoneflies. A western species of skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) is common in the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.


  • Skunk Cabbage
  • For Peat's Sake sign