|Young skunk cabbage in a soggy field.|
|A small section of the field.|
|So very yellow.|
Later on in the summer, the yellow spathes* will be faded and splotchy, the spadices** darker and covered with critters: flies, beetles, snails, slugs; they are attracted to the scent, like that of skunks, but not quite as throat-constricting. And the leaves, just starting out here, will be enormous, up to a metre and a half long, shading the roots and the grass, holding in the moisture.
The plant flowers more profusely in sunny water meadows, like this one.
*Spathe: the modified leaf that forms a cowl around the flowering stalk.
**Spadix: the flowering stalk.