- Ok, I admit to being an unabashed admirer of skunk-cabbage. While they are not everybody's idea of springtime wonderment, here are a few things to consider that may increase your interest in this plant, or make you hate it even more:
Under ideal conditions, skunk-cabbage can have a lifespan of 100 years, or longer. In winter, skunk-cabbage roots store so much energy that the plant is capable of melting snow and ice on the ground around it. Their leaves can grow to be 3-4 feet long, and almost as wide. Skunk-cabbage roots have the ability to contract, drawing the plant deeper into the ground. This downward pull keeps the leaves and stems close to the ground, making them even more difficult to remove. And lastly, they smell and taste bad to livestock.
We have brought this matter to the attention of our local regulatory agencies, and nothing has changed. All we can see is more poop flowing down this field, and into Schell Creek.