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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 early), 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 blossom, however it also has attractive deep green foliage that provides a good back drop for other flowering plants during the summer months. Well suited to naturalistic woodland planting.


Kalmia latifolia - Cultivation Notes

Kalmia prefers a fertile moisture retentive soil, preferably on acidic soil, being commonly plant among Rhododendrons and other acidic loving plants. It can grow in full sun or shade and 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
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest

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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