Skunk Cabbage


skunk cabbage and bee

There's something about the arrival of the skunk cabbage bloom that amazes me year after year.


This little overlooked plant defies late winter snows, generates heat, and can adapt its scent from rotting fleash for flies or mimic orchard blooms for other early pollinators. This early March photo by Kara Bielik, McLean, NY, shows that our bees will gather pollen and pollinate skunk cabbage. Note the pollen patch on the bee's head. It's your diagnostic that your bees are working the plant. Enjoy early Spring and look for silver maples to bloom next.


See you at Bee Talks tomorrow.