Welcome! Today’s plant we will discuss is the Sweet-fern (Comptonia peregrina). Sweet-fern’s name is misleading as it is not of the fern family but rather is a shrub that grows anywhere from 2 to 4 feet. Sweet-fern gets its name from a pleasant spicy scent it omits. The plant is found on the ridges of the mountains of West Milford generally on dry sterile ground. It is native to the east coast from Nova Scotia down to Georgia.
Welcome! Today we will discuss the lowly Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), a plant that many may view in disgust due to its odor. That said, no other native plant can boast that it is the first of our native perennial spring wildflowers to bloom every year! You can find Skunk Cabbage in bloom as early as February though personally I have even seen it in bloom in December one year.