Hellibores and skunk cabbage are usually harbingers of spring. An unusually cold winter delayed spring bloom in Oregon. While the hellibores display was disappointing, skunk cabbage is putting on a real, if late, show. They are beautiful, but one whiff of a plant whose leaves have been bruised will tell you how it got its name. The Canadians, who have a lovely and direct way with words, call this beauty chou puant (stinking cabbage). Botanically, it's a lily and a member of the arum family. We are hikers who enjoy the backroads and byways of our beautiful state. Fortunately, the gorgeous skunk cabbage loves the bogs and meadows we traipse and copious amounts of fresh air overcome its scent.
I'll be sending this post to Outdoor Wednesday, a blogging event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.