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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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Despite being related to rhododendrons, kalmias require rather different conditions and flower best when grown in full sun. They require acid soil and make good companions for heathers. The crimped buds and round flowers are exquisite. To produce the best displays, ensure that the soil is always moist. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their 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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