The bright yellow spathes of the skunk cabbage line the stream side. A native of North America, this plant relishes moist conditions. As the flowers fade, the leaves expand to give good groundcover over the summer months.
The flowers are arranged in a columnar spadix and emit the stench to give its common name. The spadix is enveloped by a shiny, yellow hood called a spathe. The stink attracts pollinating flies.