mountain laurel


Definition of mountain laurel

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Texas mountain laurel blooms at the same time as redbud. Calvin Finch,, "What’s blooming now in February in San Antonio-area gardens," 13 Feb. 2020 Here’s the lowdown: These plants are poisonous and should never be ingested: ● chrysanthemum ● daffodil ● holly ● hyacinth ● ivy ● mistletoe ● mountain laurelIf your pet chews on any of these plants, contact your veterinarian immediately. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: These plants are pretty … poisonous," 14 Dec. 2019 But there was lots of pruning and brush cutting to take advantage of a brush pick-up recently, and that may have given more easy access to the Texas mountain laurel and esperanza that were wounded. Calvin Finch,, "How to deal with the garden damage from the dang deer," 9 Aug. 2019 The woods are full of mountain laurel and ferns growing on the sides of the slope. Peter Marteka,, "A corkscrew hike to the top of Candlewood Mountain in New Milford," 21 June 2019 It is composed of thousands of pieces of colorful cut glass that together make a unified image of the Patuxent River, local wildlife, a mill wheel, mountain laurel bushes and a river goddess. Mary Schneidau Sullivan,, "Laurel Arts Council creates projects people can live with," 7 June 2019 In this case — and for the other arrangements — thicker stems like mountain laurel and dill flower go first to help create the initial structure for the arrangement, which can then be filled in with the thinner stems like dill, chamomile or sage. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "How To Arrange Flowers For The Most Stunning Homemade Bouquets," 21 June 2017 There’s a pretty easy 2.5 mile loop trail that that takes you through big sharp rocky peaks, dense forest, walls of azalea and mountain laurel, and over a high-elevation, crystal clear stream. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Asheville, the Arts-Filled City Where Pottery Is Thriving," 23 Nov. 2018 While our native mountain laurel — the plain species — is deer resistant, that doesn’t always extend to hybrids of the species. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Not all mountain laurel species are deer resistant," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of mountain laurel

1739, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Mountain laurel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mountain laurel

: a North American evergreen tree or bush that has shiny leaves and pink or white flowers

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