Mountain Laurel

Alani Davis
Wed, 24 Dec 2008 12:07:10 PST
I was just researching  toxicity of Kalmia latifolia last week ironically.
Both Rhododendron and Kalmia are attributed to imparting toxicity to honey
make from their pollens. Kalmia angustifolia *and* Kalmia latifolia are both
listed in this, though there needs to be signifcant amount of it around for
the honey to actually be lethal. Here in nothwestern Florida, at the other
end of Kalmia latifolia's range they are not as wide spread as further north
but can be locally common and are just as enjoyable. I just found that there
where three large specimens growing wild at my neighbors that will be a
treat to seen in flower in the spring. As to ancient Greece though, not
likely to be Kalmia as it is a North American genus with the possilble
exception of the Cuban species.

Alani Davis
Tallahassee, Fl

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