A skunk in the garden

Love it or loathe it skunk cabbage makes its presence felt.
We have tried for years to grow it and finally this year it has flowered.
It’s a non-native invasive plant and does pose a threat in some nature reserves to native wild plants (so garden owner are urged to keep a close watch on it).
But bees and butterflies love it.
And it has has medicinal uses too.
It contains chemicals that relieve pain and cause relaxation and the root and underground stem are widely used in alternative medicine to relieve pain and aid relaxation.
It gets it s name from the smell. So far I haven’t smelt anything.
But maybe  that’s cause I have a poor sense of smell.
If only it would deter deer...


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