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Stinky Skunk Cabbage

I am a lilly most unique,
my name is stinky skunk cabbage
because my leaves and flowers reek
I am a lilly most unique
I ooze the stench that flesh flies seek
and slugs delight in my leafage
I am a lilly most unique
my name is stinky skunk cabbage.

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Structured: Western
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Thank you for introducing me to this unique Lilly. Poets usually write about the ones with nice fragrance, but it's not a bad idea to tell about such unique lilly. It must be very useful in a way or another.
Best wishes for you dear.


Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words
........Robert Frost☺

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Yes - the skunk cabbage is used for medical purposes - though I don't think it's edible. ( unless prepared in the proper way ). - it is an amazing lily, exhibiting thermo genesis, generating temps of 27 - 63f, melting it's way through frozen ground. The heat it generates spreads its odorous smell, attracting early insects and of course it's a nice warm place for them to recharge their batteries - a clever way for the plant to spread it's pollen. It also has contractile roots, pulling their roots further into the ground - so the plant grows downward instead of upward! All in all this lilly is quite a character with many distinguishing features. Ann Waddicor wrote a poem - much more detailed and informative than mine.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment - much appreciated.

Hope all is well with you and family

Love Mand xxx

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Hi Mand, of the skunky stinky cabbage clan
in this poem I do see a grand plan
to post this poem in this month's triolet contest...:)

best wishes...

raj (sublime_ocean)

Hehe - love your little ditty!

Have entered the comp - I wrote this because lovely Ann Waddicor posted some pics of the skunk cabbage on facebook after visiting the botanical gardens. She suggested we write a poem about it - which we both did. Her poem was much more detailed and informative than mine - don't know if she's going to post it up - wish she would!

The name alone gives it character! tehe :)

Thank you so much for kindly reading and commenting Raj - much appreciated.

Keep safe

Love Mand xxx

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