sheep laurel Ericaceae Kalmia
|Leaf: Whorled (but may be opposite), evergreen, thickened, elliptical, entire margins; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long; green to blue-green above, pale green below.
Flower: Pretty clusters of pink to purple (occasionally white) bell-shaped flowers each 3/8 inch across; appear from axils of last years leaves in spring.
Fruit: Small, 5-parted woody capsules; ripen in early fall; persistent through the winter and into spring.
Twig: Slender, green turning brown; buds small.
Bark: Brown, becoming finely scaly.
Form: Low growing, open crowned shrub that may reach 3 feet in height. Spreads by root suckering.
Looks like: mountain laurel
- bog laurel
- pink azalea
| Additional Range Information:
Kalmia angustifolia is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting sheep laurel.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson