Mountain Laurel is West Virginia's State Flower
(Kalmia latifolia - Family Ericaceae)
Characteristics Flowers starlike, deep pink to white, with 5 fused petals, in clusters. Leaf is elliptical, leathery, evergreen, alternate or whorled. Bark, reddish brown, scaly. Height: Under 3'.
Flowers will bloom from May to July. Their habitat would be moist soils, rocky woods and swamps. through the Eastern United States.
In Massachusetts, mountain laurel has been called Calico Bush and Spoon-Hunt. Mt. Laurel is also Pennsylvania's State Flower.
It has been said: "The Swedes named it the spoon tree, because the Indians used to make their spoons and trowels of its wood."
Andrew Fogus and Minerva, his wife with three of their children visable, possibly the oldest, Ruby, on the right and youngest, Bud, on Minerva's lap. The others unidentified.
Along came LONNIE AMOS "BUD" Fogus after eight girls. Imagine how proud Andrew must have been of his only boy!
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