Known as: Bog Laurel, Kalmia, Mountain Laurel, Pale Laurel
Latin Name: Kalmia polifolia (Ericaceae)
Description: Evergreen shrub with pentagon-shaped flowers with
5 petals, 10 stamens and a pistil. Flowers are waxy white or pink.
Sheep Laurel or Lambkill is a smaller shrub with cromson or pale crimson
flowers with pink stamens. Pale Laurel is somewhat straggly looking with
rose-purple flowers. Globular fruit is a capsule containing many
seeds. Grows to about 3-6 feet tall in the North and up to 35 feet
in the south.
Poisonous Parts: Leaves, which contain a poisonous crystalline
substance. Toxins involved are andromedotoxin and arbutin.
Symptoms: Gastrointestinal distress, cardiovascular and nervous
Treatment: Contact your veterinarian.