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06-07-2010, 11:15 PM
This plan is so cool. I love the way it looks before the flowers bloom fully.

I should know what this is because I purchased and planted it. I guess the squirrels or the wind removed the tag. Does anybody recognize it?

06-08-2010, 06:01 AM
Cool shot of the Laurel. (looks like a Bog Laurel). There are only six native Laurels in North America. Two, this one, and Lambkill, are poisonous to livestock.

Wicked Dark
06-08-2010, 06:48 AM
nice one. looks like Mountain laurel to these eyes. We have masses of it down here. Pale pink and sort of rangy looking...I like them.

06-08-2010, 07:33 AM
it is a neat plant. Very pretty.

06-08-2010, 09:44 AM
Thanks, and here I thought it was a hydrangea.

06-08-2010, 11:12 AM
Thanks, and here I thought it was a hydrangea.

lol, here's a hydrangea:(from google images)

06-08-2010, 06:01 PM
They are actually closely related to Rhododendrons.
Very hard to tell the difference between Bog, and Mountain, other than the size of flowers. Bog is quite a bit smaller but same palette of colours as Mountain. Mountain is much more available to purchase also. (at least around these parts)

06-08-2010, 09:47 PM
You got me curious, so I checked the bill. It is an Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel. This year is the first time it flowered. I also bought a hydrangea that day, thus the confusion I guess. It still looks pretty neat. I like unusual plants.

06-09-2010, 02:14 AM
Rhododendrens and hydrangea and obviously mountain laurel. Plants that don't thrive in Southern Alberta. :( Very pretty plant, Fred. It kind of reminded me of a rhodie from the leaf structure.