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Skunk Cabbage. This plant thrives in wet areas. It gets its name from its foul odor. It blooms in early spring, and is able to come up early because it can produce heat. Skunk Cabbage has been recorded to be 27 degrees warmer than the outside air. The odor, warmth, and reddish color of the plant helps attract carrion flies which pollinate the flowers.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes, Janine Ngai and Laura Kroon Bush