When I Consider! – Skunk Cabbage

When I Consider!

When I Consider!

Evidence From Botany – August 16

The skunk cabbage is a uniquely designed plant. It generates enough heat to melt the snow around itself so that it can begin to grow and flower. Even if the air temperature drops as low as 10oF, the skunk cabbage produces the heat it needs to maintain a temperature of between 72°F and 74°F. However, if the temperature stays extremely low for more than 24 hours, the hooded blower exhausts its heating ability and the flower dies. The skunk cabbage then prepares more flowers and repeats the process.

Western Skunk Cabbage from Wikipedia

Western Skunk Cabbage from Wikipedia

This amazing plant also has a built-in thermostat. If the flower becomes too cold more heat is summoned. If the flower becomes too warm, the heat is withdrawn. Because of its amazing abilities, the skunk cabbage is one of the first plants to break through the snow in early spring. Normally, honeybees are unable to fly in temperatures below 65°F. However, when the skunk cabbages are in bloom, honeybees can fly when temperatures drop as low as 45°F. Inside the flower’s hood, the bees warm up enough to travel to the next cabbage flower. In cold weather the bees fly from one skunk cabbage to another, warming themselves as they travel back to their hive. Could this intricately designed flower be the result of random-chance mutational changes?

Character Sketches, Vol.III, P.209-212

I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? (Psalms 77:12-13 ESV)

(Article typed by Phyllis)

Very interesting article from The Nature Institute, Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Skunk Cabbage by Fairfax County Public Schools

3 thoughts on “When I Consider! – Skunk Cabbage

  1. Very cool about the bees. A new tidbit of info related to Skunk Cabbage.

    I remember the first time I saw this plant on the coast of Alaska. We had canoed out with a group on a cruise excursion and they had lunch for us on a small island with a woodland walk after … when we learned about Skunk Cabbage and it’s built-in heater.

    It was also mentioned at the table since they used the leaves to serve salmon and other food items because they were so large. Beautiful! I believe we will use leaves for plates in Heaven also :-)



    • I thought all the aspects of the Skunk Cabbage were cool (I mean warm :) ) Didn’t know about the plant at all, but I just keep getting amazed at the wisdom behind creation. What an omnipotent and omniscient Creator!


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