April Flower: Yellow Skunk Cabbage

Lysichiton americanus is also called western skunk cabbage (USA), yellow skunk cabbage (UK),  American skunk-cabbage (Britain and Ireland)  or swamp lantern, is a plant found in swamps and wet woods, along streams and in other wet areas of the Pacific Northwest, where it is one of the few native species in the arum family. The plant is called skunk cabbage because of the distinctive “skunky” odour that it emits when it blooms.



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  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    Interesting – we saw this in a garden in the Lakes recently and I didn’t know what it was.

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I find them quite surreal.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Every pond seems to have them these days.

  3. I’ll settle for swamp lantern, I think! Such a lovely soft yellow and a sense of secret parts.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Swamp lantern is a lovely name, they are beautiful when you get the sun lighting them up.

  4. So it’s a case of look but don’t smell!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t find them unpleasant, but then I don’t stick my nose into them either 😉

  5. A “skunky” odour sounds awful, but they look beautiful. I remember seeing a similar looking spring plant on the bog but it was white. Don’t remember how it smelled. 😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      You do get white ones too. And they don’t really seem to smell so bad – sort of musky I’d say.

  6. More attractive than its name.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Think of them as swamp lanterns then 🙂

  7. restlessjo says:

    That’s a lovely shot you’ve taken of the smelly little demons 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      They do look beautiful with the light shining through them.

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