Sunday, May 20, 2012

TODAY'S FLOWERS


We found these pretty flowers while walking a trail in the Massanutten Mountains a couple of weekends ago.  They are called Mountain laurel.  It is an evergreen perrenial shrub which varies from four to ten feet in height, although it can reach up to 40 feet tall.  It is native in the eastern United States (from southern Maine to northern Florida, and west to Indiana and Louisiana).

The most common Mountain laurels have many fragrant small pink and white blossoms and dark green leaves that grow about one inch across and up to five inches long, although some have flowers in shades of white or purple or other colors.  It is commonly found growing on rocky hilltops and similar areas.

Mountain Laurel is also called Ivybush, Calico Bush, Sheep Laurel, Lambkill, Clamoun and Spoonwood.  Native Americans used to make spoons from the wood.  The fragrant, star-shaped and pink flowers have attracted travelers since early colonial days, and were first recorded in America in 1624.




Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli.
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