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Kalmia latifolia L.
Mountain-laurel is the common name of Kalmia latifolia a flowering shrub of the family Ericaceae
Found in the eastern USA, this is a poisonous broad-leaved (3-12 cm long, 1-4 cm wide) evergreen shrub, between 3-9 m tall. Its flowers are star-shaped, ranging from red to pink to white, and occurring in clusters.
The plant is naturally found on rocky slopes and mountainous forest areas.
It is also known as Ivybush, Calico Bush, Spoonwood (because native Americans used to make their spoons out of it), Sheep Laurel, Lambkill and Clamoun.
- var. latifolia - Mountain-laurel;
- var. rubra Sweet - Pink Mountain-laurel;
- var. laevipes Vern. - Smooth Mountain-laurel;
- var. fuscata Rehd. - Branded Mountain-laurel;
- var. alba Bosse - White Mountain-laurel.
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