SKUNK CAB­BAGE

The Citizens' Voice - - WildLife -

In the depths of win­ter, skunk cab­bage is of­ten the first sign of spring. This clus­ter was found in a swampy area of Frances Slocum Christ­mas Eve, really rush­ing the sea­son.

This plant doesn’t need to wait for spring’s warmth. It can gen­er­ate heat even when the ground is frozen solid. In fact, in emerg­ing, it can warm up to around 70 de­grees. This al­lows the plant to bloom when most other species are dor­mant.

And while its pun­gent smell is well-de­served, its roots have been a pop­u­lar cure for bron­chi­tis, coughs and phlegm. Some herbal med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers rec­om­mend skunk cab­bage to treat ner­vous dis­or­ders as it is said to have mod­er­ate seda­tive or tran­quil­iz­ing prop­er­ties.

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