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Skunk Cabbage

Lysichiton Americanus

Along the stream running through the Rock Gardens

A native of wetlands in western North America.  The flowers produce a pungent skunk-like odour which attracts various insect pollinators and is responsible for its common name, Yellow Skunk Cabbage. It was used medicinally by Native American Indian tribes in a poultice to help treat a variety of different problems including burns and sores. The leaves contain a substance called calcium oxalate which if ingested can cause severe irritation of the mouth and digestive tract.



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