Kalmia latifolia

Common Names: Mountain laurel, calico-bush, spoonwood
Category: Plants
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.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Pink
Edible Notes: All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous.
Warnings: All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous. Bees that make honey from mountain laurel produce toxic and bitter honey. Young mountain laurel seedlings have a very similar size, and appearance to the edible teaberry plant which grows in the same habitat and is a concern for misidentification.