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Blooming Mountain Laurel
A profusion of native wildflowers herald spring and summer in Penn’s Woods. Chief among them is the evergreen Mountain Laurel. Former Governor Gifford Pinchot designated the Mountain Laurel as Pennsylvania’s official state flower on May 5, 1933.
Mountain laurel normally begins to bloom late May and its pink and white blossoms fill the woodlands well into June. By mid-June, mountainsides from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh are covered with mountain laurel flowers.
To experience the beauty of this state flower, visit one of Pennsylvania’s many state parks or take a drive along a scenic byway or attend a mountain laurel festival.
June 8-16, 2013: PA State Laurel Festival in Wellsboro
June 20-23, 2013: Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival in Brookville
Make a weekend of it with a stay at one of our many bed and breakfasts located throughout the state.