mountain laurel

noun

: a North American evergreen shrub or small tree (Kalmia latifolia) of the heath family with glossy leaves and umbels of rose-colored or white flowers

Examples of mountain laurel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This can mean knolls and hills overlooking feeding areas or mountain laurel in open, mature hardwood forest. 62. Outdoor Life, 19 Nov. 2019 The plants that are doing their part contributing to the 12 months of color that most gardeners desire include Texas mountain laurel, redbud, peaches, pansies, violas and dianthus. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Feb. 2023 In late spring and early summer, mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is covered in showy clusters of pink, red, or white flowers. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2023 The Texas mountain laurel is a favorite full-sun landscape plant in the San Antonio area, and despite the exceptional freezes and low rainfall over the last three years, the blooms are well spread on Texas mountain laurels. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Feb. 2023 The mountain laurel is Connecticut's state flower. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2023 Test Garden Tip: As beautiful as mountain laurel is, all parts of the plant are poisonous, so keep children and pets away from the plant. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2023 Some of the most common and favored include ash, aspen, bitterbrush, blackgum, dewberry, dogwood, greenbrier, hickory, honeysuckle, maple, mountain laurel, oak, popular, sagebrush, sumac, willow, and more. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2023 The mountain laurel is Pennsylvania's state flower. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mountain laurel was in 1739

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“Mountain laurel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mountain%20laurel. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

mountain laurel

noun
: a North American evergreen shrub of the heath family that has glossy leaves and pink or white cup-shaped flowers

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