Kalmia

bog_laurel

Two laurels are native to our area – Kalmia angustifolia and Kalmia polifolia. Look no further than to the common name for a clue to which laurel is which. Both species have pink flowers but the latter grows in bogs (Bog- or swamp-laurel, pictured above), is much shorter and has leaves that look like they have not completely unfurled. They remain curled upon themselves whereas the former (K. angustifolia = sheep laurel) completely unroll and grow up to 3 feet tall.

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