Looking more like plant life from the planet Jupiter, Skunk Cabbage blooms push up out of the mud along creeks and wet forest areas in early spring just as the snow is melting. The flower generates heat and is said to be able to melt any surrounding snow.
It is not only it's bizarre appearance but also it's unpleasant fragrance that sets it far apart from other spring wildflowers. The flower produces a stink like rotten meat to attract the first flies of spring which pollinate it. Later, after the flowers have faded, the plant produces a rosette of large, bright green leaves that last into summer.