Skunk Cabbage

Lysichiton americanum

Skunk cabbage is a fresh, succulent and unforgettable addition to the wetland. Its decaying flesh smell and alien appearance make the “swamp lantern” a marvel to the wetland. Skunk cabbage was rarely used as a food for native people, but was used as “Indian wax paper” for lining berry baskets, berry drying racks and steaming pits.