Some Facts About Laurels, Both Mountain & Otherwise:
by Laura Mustio and The Internet
Native Americans used mountain laurels to make spoons! As a result, if you find yourself engaged in casual, yet stimulating, conversation with one of these floral beauties, feel free to call it by its nickname… Spoonwood.
In the wild, conversation with a mountain laurel might sound something like this:
You: “Damn, Spoonwood! You’re looking gorgeous and also poisonous to several mammals including humans today! Is it true that I’ll experience depression, vomiting, frequent defecation, weakness, paralysis, and eventually death if I eat you?”
Mountain laurels are poisonous.
Laura is the feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant “laurel”. Further research has also revealed that the name was “borne by the 9th-century Spanish martyr Saint Laura, who was a nun thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors.”
It’s mountain laurel season! Avoid vats and get into the woods.