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Sheep Laurel (Lambkill)
Kalmia angustifolia

This plant is poisonous to livestock, hence the name lambkill.

• Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
• Habitat: sandy or infertile soil, bogs, old fields
• Height: 1-3 feet
• Flower size: 1/2 inch across
• Flower color: pink
• Flowering time: June to July
• Origin: native

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Kalmia angustifolia
Kalmia angustifolia
A twig of sheep laurel. The leaves may be opposite or in whorls of three (as in the image).
Kalmia angustifolia
Sheep laurel leaves. The undersides are pale and bluish.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.