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Skunk cabbage is an unlikely but early-blooming flower

These skunk cabbage flowers were photographed in March. Note that a raccoon had already been out exploring and left its tracks in the mud next to the stream. (photo: Bill Danielson)
These skunk cabbage flowers were photographed in March. Note that a raccoon had already been out exploring and left its tracks in the mud next to the stream. (photo: Bill Danielson)
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Spring is often associated with flowers, right? The landscape is freed from the iron grip of winter, life starts to awaken from its long slumber, and the plants celebrate with flowers. Rather poetic actually, but there’s some truth there too. But when you think of flowers you’re probably imagining the delicate, brightly colored petals of violets, hepatica or trout lily. I would be very surprised if you were thinking of the flowers of the skunk ...


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