Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Native Plant Society and Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Skunk Cabbage is one of the very first flowers to emerge in the “spring”, popping up in January, even through the cover of snow. It is purported to have evolved over 72 million years ago, changing little since that time. It thermoregulates (similar to a “warm-blooded plant”), produces calcium oxalate crystals (making it toxic), and lives 50 to 100 years or more.
Leader: Siobhan Percey
Notes: Easy trail walk, then an off-trail adventure into the swamp; approximately 1mile round trip.
Directions: See Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary website: http://jugbay.org/site/visit_us/directions