Sunday, June 26, 2011

Skunk cabbages on the move

More photos of the developing skunk cabbages, whose leaves grew quickly during May, while the flowers began to disintegrate. Here is a photo of a skunk cabbage on May 7. The cabbage leaves are now about 14" long and growing as they unfurl from the center. The flower is visible on the ground at the right hand side of the clump of leaves. And here is a photo of several skunk cabbages on June 5. 

The scale is difficult to see in the photo, but the largest leaves are more than two feet in length, and the cabbage plants are a good three feet high. Insects have munched on some of the leaves, but they are sturdy and vigorous. These cabbages do not make heads, as garden ones do.

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