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Vocabulary Words

  • Skunk cabbage – a perennial wildflower that grows in swampy, wet areas of forest lands. 
  • Spathe – a modified leaf-like structure (bract) that is often colored and encloses or protects the flower cluster of the plant.  Example:  Skunk Cabbage
  • Pollinator – an animal that moves pollen from one part of the flower of a plant to another part so that the plant can make fruit or seeds.

Fun Facts

  • Skunk Cabbage grows in February as it produces its own heat and can stay warm and thaw the snow around it.
  • Skunk Cabbage releases an unpleasant pungent order like rotting meat to attract flies and beetles to pollinate the plant. 
  • Native Americans used dried Skunk Cabbage leaves to cure coughs.
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