|skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)||
skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus; ARUM FAMILY [Araceae]) Foul smelling native perennial herb with tiny flowers in a knobby cluster at ground level, surrounded by a 2-5" long, purple-brown and green mottled hood. The flowers are produced very early in the spring, sometimes literally melting their way through snow or frozen ground before the large heart-shaped leaves emerge. In wet, shady areas and swamps, especially along streams. 
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