Swamp Cabbage

TrendleEllwood

Joined November 2011

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Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Long about March, when the streams start to let lose under the ice we like to go to the pond park at Clear Creek Metro Park in Southeastern Ohio. Once there, we hike down to the long inlet area of Lake Romona where we anticipate Swamp Cabbage erupting in the shallows.

Sure enough down in the valley, where long gentle ways of water meet, we find the pre-historic looking Swamp Cabbage wading in the water. Not dainty or pretty in the way bluebells or spring beauties are, this plant is…. well… this plant is different. This little wizard of a plant can generate it’s own heat, increasing the temperatures around it up to 30 degrees higher than the surrounding air temperature

Swamp Cabbage grows in colonies yet each individual plant is unique and holds a different pose. Some are curved this way and others, that. They all wear a hooded cloak (spathe), which shrouds their flower face. Some wear pointed hoods while others wear short squashed ones.

A gathering of Swamp Cabbage looks all the world to me like an assembly of miniature, cloaked and hooded monks all huddled together, their heads down, meditating and mediating.

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