There’s a streamlet that runs through the bottom of the glade, and the place is perpetually damp, which skunk cabbage loves. I caught a flash of yellow and green from the road, and thought there might some be, and so there some was.
This really is a spectacular plant. It may smell funky, but it’s lovely stuff. It grows up to be enormous, and then is just gone until the next spring. It grows from rhizomes – those dense things that look like swollen roots but are really a sort of modified stem, packed with nutrients and holding the potential of a new plant within. If you want to go see one up close, look at the fresh ginger in the produce section: that’s a rhizome you can study and then use to flavor things. It surely tastes better than skunk cabbage.
I know where to look for skunk cabbage now, and I keep finding more and more round the neighborhood.
The further I went in the glade, the more there was.
You can see the streamlet has cut deep into the soft earth here, and the tall banks are moist enough to make the skunk cabbage very happy indeed. Quite beautiful. This is a peaceful little spot, filled with all sorts of wonderful life.