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Kalmia latifolia (Calico Bush, Kalmia)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Kalmia latifolia Description

Calico Bush is grown for its impressive displays of late spring and summer blossom, however it also has attractive deep green foliage that provides a good back drop for other flowering plants during the summer months. Kalmia is well suited to naturalistic woodland planting or as a screening evergreen towards the back of a bed. Summer blossom is attractive to insects as a nectar source.


Kalmia latifolia - Cultivation Notes

Kalmia prefers a fertile moisture retentive soil, preferably on acidic soil, being commonly plant alongside Rhododendrons and other acidic loving shrubs. It can grow in full sun or part shade but produces better blossom in a well lit planting location. Water regularly during dry periods and mulch in winter.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Kalmia latifolia:

  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest

Weaknesses of Kalmia latifolia

  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Kalmia latifolia:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Evergreen shrub suitable suitable for training up a wall
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Common Missspellings: Calmia, Kalmea, Calmea

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