Growing in leaf litter, late winter.
Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) along McDavitt Road in the Sax-Zim Bog (photo by Sparky Stensaas/www.ThePhotoNaturalist.com)
Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Clumpfoot Cabbage, Foetid Pothos, Meadow Cabbage, Polecat Weed, Skunk Cabbage, or Swamp Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), commonly known as simply Skunk Cabbage, is a low growing, foul smelling plant that prefers wetlands. Native to eastern North America, it ranges from Nova Scotia and southern Quebec west to Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Tennessee. It is protected as endangered in Tennessee.