You can see the green leaf unfolding benow the maroon spaethe in the center of the photo. The spaethe is about six inches tall. The spadix is visible inside two of the spaethes. I have yet to see an insect crawl in. Now here is a photo from April 30, with several cabbage leaves unfolded.
The cabbage leaves tower over the spaethe--as the next photo shows.
It is most impressive. Here is a group of three cabbages on April 30:
And here, finally, is how a lot of them appear in the drying streambed:
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