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( Nipmuck Mountain Laurel )
|This bushy eastern native shrub, which is grown for its showy flowers, is best suited in an informal border or woodland setting. Leaves are oval, dark green, glossy, to 5 inches long. Pink cup-shaped flowers are held in large corymbs 3 to 4 inches across open from May to June. Other flower colors may range from red to white too. Loves moist, acid soil as other members of the Ericaceae family. 'Nipmuck' opens a creamy white to light pink from buds of intense red with the back of the opened corolla in dark pink. In the fall, the upper foliage turns an unattractive purplish color from the natural light yellow-green foliage.
Important Info : Parts of this plant are poisonous, especially the leaves and flower nectar.
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