Western Skunk Cabbage

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American Skunk Cabbage

Western Skunk Cabbage is a foul-smelling plant that grows in damp areas (edges of streams, marshy areas) in the Pacific Northwest.

Unlike Eastern Skunk Cabbage, the long, shiny, green leaves appear before the flowers, growing to a height of 1-2 ft. Western Skunk Cabbage flowers from March to May, producing a stalk of tiny, tightly-packed, yellow-green flowers surrounded by a bright yellow, hood-like bract. The flowers later turn into reddish-brown berries.

Did you know? Western Skunk Cabbage grows slowly, forming dense patches that may survive for up to 80 years.