The mountain laurel is a kalmia.
any of a genus (Kalmia) of North American evergreen shrubs of the heath family, as the mountain laurel, with flowers of white or rose
Origin of kalmiaModern Latin after P. Kalm (1715-1779), Swedish botanist
- Any plant in the taxonomic genus Kalmia.
New Latin From Kalm + -ia, after the Finnish botanist Pehr Kalm.