Monday, June 25, 2007

Mountain Laurel

mountain laurel, originally uploaded by jahansell.

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is the state flower of Connecticut. A few facts:

• Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
• Habitat: rocky woods
• Height: 5-15 feet
• Flower size: 3/4 to 1 inch across
• Flower color: pale pink
• Flowering time: May to July
• Origin: native

They are in full bloom right now at Miles Wildlife Sanctuary and all around the state! As a further point of interest, deer generally don't eat them.


Blogger RUTH said...

I love the form of the flower; an interesting shape. I've heard of it before but never knew it was Connecticut's state flower.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Icarus said...

A lot of this grows in Portugal, Lisbon & around in the early spring, but I never knew the name, thanks. Now I'm wondering why/how your Flickr gallery has transformed into Portuguese language only...

2:58 PM  

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