Even skunk cabbage can look spectacular, even tropical and exotic, in the right conditions. Photo by K. Clouston

Even skunk cabbage can look spectacular, even tropical and exotic, in the right conditions. Photo by K. Clouston

The large leaves were often used by the native peoples as liners for baskets and other things.  In addition, since it lives in nutrient rich wetlands, skunk cabbage also proved an important food source for the native peoples in times of famine after being steamed or roasted.