Some Facts About Laurels, Both Mountain & Otherwise:

by Laura Mustio and The Internet

Fact 1

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?”

ML: “Yes!”


Fact 2

Mountain laurels are poisonous.


Fact 3

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.”


The Takeaway:

It’s mountain laurel season! Avoid vats and get into the woods.

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