There must be a fancy, Latin name for this plant, but I don't know what it is. It is often referred to as "Skunk Cabbage" probably because it stinks! Each spring they come up in the bogs around town, of which there are many. Huge leaves and bright yellow flowers that are pretty enough but what a smell. The frogs don't seem to mind as they cohabitate in these swampy areas singing beautifully on spring nights.
It was reported in the local paper that due to the cold weather, the black bears are a little late getting up from their long winter naps. It was also reported that this pungent plant is one of their favorite meals along the coast upon waking up. Good information to have so I don't get between a hungry black bear and it's first meal.
Perhaps skunk cabbage tastes better than it smells, another fact I will never learn!