Plant Profile

Simplocarpus foetidus: Skunk Cabbage

Family: Arum

Location: Holliday Lake State Park: Lakeshore Trail

Bloom Period: Dec–Jan

Habitat: Swamps, wet woodlands, along streams

Interesting Facts:

  • Plants are thermogenic, meaning they can generate enough heat to emerge from icy, frozen ground.
  • Ability to generate heat causes the plant to consume oxygen at a higher than normal rate.
  • Pungent smell attracts carrion flies and bees.
  • Has protractile roots that pull the plant deeper into the ground every year.