Plant has huge leaves in summer, in winter is just a rounded, green plant
Defining characteristics: found in very wet soil, maroon and green in color, only buds visible in fall
This plant is native to eastern US. It has huge wide leaves that grow in a circular array. It is found growing in wetland habitats especially around moving water such as streams. When it snows and all plants are covered in snow, skunk cabbage is found uncovered in snow because it has a fast metabolic rate that produces heat, melting the snow around it.
Maybe? I'm guessing. Seems like a confused spring ephemeral.
I came upon this mucky seep and found it full of skunk cabbage. I really enjoyed this natural area and hope to return when it's warmer.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Next to Hi-Land Lake
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.