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Kalmia latifolia

Calico bush

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Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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Kalmia latifolia
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A relative of rhododendrons, Kalmia latifolia is an evergreen shrub, bearing clusters of pale pink flowers which open from crinkled, dark pink buds. It makes a good planting compantion for heathers. 

For best results grow Kalmia latifolia in moist, slightly acidic soil, in full sun. Mulch annually with well-rotted leaf mould. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Kalmia

Species: latifolia

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 250cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: May to June

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