Sheep Laurel (domestic)
Kalmia angustifolia L.
Ericaceae

Sheep Laurel and Southern Mountain Laurel are almost identical and extremely difficult to distinguish. The definining characteristics are primarily the size of the shrub (no more than 3 feet tall) and shape of the leaf. The flowers are smaller and its preferred habitat is at higher elevations. Distribution in the Escambia region is rare in the domestic landscape.

The leaves are whorled, but may be opposite, evergreen, thickened, and elliptical in outline. The margins have no teeth and no lobes. The size is about 1 and 1/2 inches long, usually slightly folded, pale green to blue-green above and pale green below. The leaf margin is often more yellowish than green

The flowers are clusters of pink, purple, or occasionally white, bell-shaped in form. Each flower is about 3/8 inch across, arising from the leaf axils of old wood (last year's spring leaf). Flowers occur in April and May.

Fruit is a small 5-part woody capsule that matures in early autumn, and may persist on the twig through the winter.

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