Sub-category: Heath family
The mountain laurel is the Connecticut State Flower. The spots on the leaves are caused by the fungus Mycosphaerella colorata. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 3 to 9 m tall. The leaves are 3 to 12 cm long and 1 to 4 cm wide. Its flowers are round, ranging from light pink to white, and occur in clusters. There are several named cultivars today that have darker shades of pink, near red and maroon pigment.
Found on rocky slopes and mountainous forest areas. It blooms in May and June.