Lambkill (Kalmia) is an evergreen shrub native to eastern North America and Cuba. They favour acidic soil. One subset of species prefers wet bogs ( in this case, Kalmia angustifolia), while the other subset prefers sandy, dry soil.
The plant typically has long, narrow leaves which are arranged in a spiral pattern on the stem.
The flowers have five petals and the blossom is typcially 1 – 3 cm in diameter.
The leaves are toxic to animals and humans, hence the name “lambkill” (also known as “sheep laurel”, “calf kill”, “kid kill”, and “sheep poison”.
They have also been used for ornamental shrubs.
Photo taken in a preserved peat bog on Miscou Island, New Brunswick using my Canon Rebel XSi