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Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for June 7th - June 14th, 2005

Picture of Kalmia latifolia.  Click here for a larger image.
This is mountain-laurel, Kalmia latifolia.

Mountain-laurel is sometimes called spoonwood because Native Americans used the wood for
making spoons, but its Latin name has a different origin. In the late 1740ís Pehr Kalm was
sent by the Royal Swedish Academy to explore North America, on his trip he recorded a new plant.
In 1753 Carl von Linnaeus named this new plant Kalmia latifolia.

Mountain-laurel is native to eastern North America, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9. This evergreen
prefers full sun to partial shade, and is resistant to deer. You can see this mountain-laurel in
the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection.

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