Connecticut Plants
Sheep Laurel (Lambkill)
Kalmia angustifolia L.

This plant is poisonous to livestock, hence the name lambkill.

  • Family: heath (Ericaceae)
  • Habitat: sandy or infertile soil, bogs, old fields
  • Height: 1-3 feet
  • Flower size: 1/2 inch across
  • Flower color: pink
  • Flowering time: June to July
  • Origin: native
Kalmia angustifolia L.

Photographed near Ottawa, Ontario.

Kalmia angustifolia L.

Photographed near Ottawa, Ontario.

Kalmia angustifolia L.
Kalmia angustifolia L.

A twig of sheep laurel. The leaves may be opposite or in whorls of three (as in the image).

Kalmia angustifolia L.