ⓘ Kalmia hirsuta

                                     

ⓘ Kalmia hirsuta

Kalmia hirsuta, the hairy mountain-laurel, is a plant species native to the southeastern United States. It is reported from Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. It grows in open, sandy locations such as savannahs, sand hills and pine barrens at elevations of less than 100 m.

The epithet "hirsuta" means "covered with coarse stiff hairs," is appropriate as the hairiness of the leaves is one of the main characters to distinguish this species from its relatives. Kalmia hirsuta is a shrub up to 1.2 m 4 feet tall. Leaves elliptic to ovate, up to 14 mm, 0.6 inch in length. Form inflorescences in the axils of leaves, with 1-5 flowers. The flowers are pink with red spots.