One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey,

Some beautiful flowers are blooming that you might see as you drive by…

Mystery #119

Any idea what they are?

Check back with you later!

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Well, we chased out tails today looking at plants and frankly forgot to come back to post the answer. *flattens ears* Sorry.

This stately bush is a Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia. At least around northern Virginia it’s a shrub. Down in South Carolina, the Mountain Laurel grows to the size of a small tree. But however large it grows, the blossoms are lovely.

Mountain Laurel Flowers

And very full on the mature plants.

Mountain Laurel flowers

This native shrub likes it cool and green and shady, so you’ll most often find it on north-facing sloes or hillsides near creeks and rivers. The leaves are evergreen and the shape of a rhododendron leaf, but the plant is a member of the heather family.

Mountain Laurel leaves

Most parts of the plant are poisonous, so do be careful! Mountain Laurel is fairly wide-spread along the eastern U.S., so is the state flower of both Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

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