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Laurel (Sheep)

Kalmia angustifolia
Laurel (Sheep)

Habitat

They are found in pastures, woods and bogs. They are poison to livestock.

Description

They have pink, saucer-shaped flowers that group around the stem (not at the top) and droop down. The leaves are dull green and lighter below. The leaves on top of the plant are lighter green and stiff. It is a shrub. They bloom June through July. Also called, lambkill.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Flowers with 5 petals forming an open bell and clustered around the stem below the foliage
Flower Color: Bright pink
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Plant Type: Shrub (Tall - 1/2-3 feet)
Leaf Type: Elliptical, entire (smooth edge) and dropping, lighter green beneath

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