The spring flowering Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) provides a flush of light pink blooms after a harsh winter. This evergreen shrub reaches a height of ten to twenty feet in its habitat range throughout the Appalachian mountains.
The flower buds have an intriguing shape prior to opening up fully. They are also quite sticky to touch.
Watch this video to see close images of the Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) flowers with their reproductive parts and their fertilization method, to learn about their leaves, to hear about the difficulty with penetrating a Mountain laurel thicket, and to see the plant in all seasons of its life cycle.