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