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Kalmia latifolia
Kalmia latifolia

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Zone
Zones A2, A3, 1-7, 16, 17
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
Leaves and flower nectar are poisonous if ingested

Kalmia polifolia microphylla

Western Laurel, Alpine Laurel
Ericaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

KALMIA

North American natives. Elegant flowering evergreen shrubs related to rhododendron, with somewhat similar showy flower clusters. Notable difference is that each long flower stalk bears a small bud resembling a fluted turban; the buds open to chalice-shaped blooms with ten starlike points. Plants share rhododendron’s need for moist atmosphere and moist, acid, humus-rich soil.

Kalmia polifolia microphylla

Native from Alaska to Northern California. Grows to 1 ft. high and 8 in. wide, with spreading branches and erect branchlets. Small leaves are dark green above, whitish beneath. Rounded clusters of 1/2-in., rose to purple flowers bloom in summer. Partial shade, or full sun where summers are cool.

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