* Flowers cuplike, 3/8"-1/2" across. Clustered around stalk.
* Leaves flat, narrow, evergreen, leathery, opposite or
in whorls of 3.
* Leaves less than 2 1/2" long.
* Pollen-bearing anthers spring
out when the center of the flower is probed by insects or hummingbirds.
* Height: To 3'.
* Flowers June and July.
* Habitat: Moist areas, bogs, open rocky areas at high elevations.
* Range: Southern Canada and eastern United States.
* The foliage is poisonous to livestock. Some other New England names
for Sheep Laurel are Sheepkill and Sheepsbane.
* "...it kills the English cattle, if they chance to feed upon
-Josselyn, 1672, New England
* "Shall I strew on thee rose or rue or laurel...Or simplest
growth of meadow-sweet or sorrel?"
-Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1837-1909