Story & Photos by Matt Bayman
One of the first signs that spring is near in Ohio is the arrival of skunk cabbage in late January and February, often when there is still snow on the ground. The maroon flowering plant can be found in marshy and swampy areas, as well as near streams and woodlands. It keeps its maroon color well into spring, and it flowers before its leaves appear. When they do, they grow large and bright green, contrasting the grays, browns and blacks of the early spring landscape.