Apr. 16, 2018

mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia

Mountain laurel will catch anyone's eye. One of these shrubs covered with these amazing blooms will blow you away! Then you find out that it practically does blow bees away. Fascinating! Before one of these flowers is first visited by a bee, the filaments are reflexed, with the anthers tucked into pockets around the sides. The bee will trigger a attack. The filaments spring erect, and the anthers shoot pollen as much as six inches into the air. It all works really well. In some places in the Appalachians you can see dense patches of mountain laurel covering several acres. Mountain laurel, or spoonwood, grows in AL, CT, DE, FL(T), GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME(S), MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY(V), OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, and WV. Dolly Sods Wilderness, Pendleton Co WV, 7/16/15.