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Little Flower By The Lake
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Sunset Bob



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· Date: Thu June 19, 2008 · Views: 3852 · Filesize: 32.0kb, 290.5kb · Dimensions: 2500 x 1675 ·
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Just Sold

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Location: Suncook, NH, but at The Lake at Heart
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Fri June 20, 2008 12:27am

Looks like a Rhodadendron (sp?) to me.

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Rose
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Fri June 20, 2008 1:28am

It looks like a pink version of the mountain laurel we have in our yard...and throughout the woods in north central MA/south central NH.
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Rattlesnake Gal

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Fri June 20, 2008 11:58am

This is Kalmia latifolia, commonly called Mountain-laurel or Spoonwood.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalmia_latifolia

I didn't realize it was such a toxic plant. That certainly explains why the deer stay away from it.
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dcr
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Sat June 21, 2008 1:05am

I have an alternative suggestion for the identification of your red flower. My experience with the wild flora of the region leads me to believe that it is most likely Kalmia angustafolia, a close but much smaller relative of Mountain Laurel. Known also as sheep laurel (it too has proven poisonous to livestock, especially sheep, hence the name), it is much more likely to be found growing close to wet areas than Mountain Laurel is, which prefers upland, rocky slopes, and it seldom grows over 3 ft high, while Mountain Laurel, in this area, can grow to 15 - 20 ft. I'm guessing that your plant was closer to the 3 ft variety. Mountain Laurel can have red flowers, but in this area I have never seen it with anything but white flowers, while the sheep laurel almost always has reddish flowers. In one of my recent postings you can see a Mountain Laurel found growing on the slopes of one of the Belknap Mts.
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