The genus was named in honor of Pehr Kalm (1716-1779), a Swedish botanist and naturalist.
The name “Spoonwood” has also been used for this plant. It is believed the roots Kalmia were used to make spoons.
Kalmia is a symbol of perseverance.
It can also be offered as a sign of treachery.
The plant can be harmful or even deadly to animals if ingested.
Kalmia angustifolia is also known as “Sheep’s Laurel” or “Lambkill”, because it’s poisonous to sheep.
Kalmia latifolia is also poisonous to several different animals and even humans. It irritates skin, eyes and causes an upset stomach and vomiting in people.
Kalmia latifolia, commonly called Mountain Laurel is one of the most popular species. It is the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the species is known to occur annually in the Appalachian Mountains.
It is one of the most beautiful of native American shrubs.