Simplocarpus foetidus: Skunk Cabbage
Location: Holliday Lake State Park: Lakeshore Trail
Bloom Period: Dec–Jan
Habitat: Swamps, wet woodlands, along streams
- 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.