Sinister gatherings of American skunk cabbage, Lysichiton americanum line the stream garden interspersed with clumps of spring snowflake, Leucojum aestivum. The flowers are arranged in a columnar spadix and emit the stench that gives rise to the common name. The spadix is enveloped by a shiny, yellow hood called a spathe. The stink attracts pollinating flies.
Also appearing for the first time in a number of years along the stream is a lone stand of the Asian skunk cabbage which has pure white spathes, Lysichiton camtschatcensis.