Although the common name of Kalmia latifolia is mountain laurel, you can find this handsome evergreen native plant growing, often in thickets, from the mountains to the sea. Dr. John Nelson tells me that there’s a group of them at Fort Jackson on the sandiest soil imaginable. They have glossy, thick leaves that persist for two years and a contorted trunk with reddish somewhat exfoliating bark. But the joy is the flowers – at the ends of branches from April through June are clusters of flowers from white to light or darker pink with fused petals. The flowers have indented structures, stamen pockets. Male flower parts which are tucked in those petals, awaiting the visit of insects, primarily bumble bees, whose landing triggers a release, flinging pollen over the insect that will cross pollinate subsequent blooms it visits.