I can’t believe it’s taken this long to get to Pennsylvania’s state flower. But to tell you the truth, I’m not super familiar with Mountain Laurel, or Kalmia Latifolia. I know it’s Pennsylvania’s state flower, but that’s about it. This is a learning experience for me as well.
Mountain Laurel does not belong to Pennsylvnia alone, it is also the state flower of Connecticut. I can be found in the eastern part of the United States from Maine all the way to Florida. Every part of the plant is toxic and even consuming a large amount of honey from bees who have exclusively browsed Mountain Laurel could be toxic to humans, but you are highly unlikely to ever find such a honey.
Mountain Laurel’s beauty is apparent in the fact that it was brought to Europe in the 18th century as a cultivated plant and remains in use as an ornamental plant in Europe in the present day. It has evergreen foliage and clusters of white or pink flowers.
I may have to cultivate our state flower somewhere in our yard. It seems only fitting and I don’t think there are any beekeepers nearby in the neighborhood. It was nice learning about this beauty, and I’m also going to be looking for it in the wild now that I know what to look for. Cheers to Pennsylvania and Connecticut for choosing such a breathtaking flower!