KALMIA

Commonly known as Calico bush

Exquisite little flowers like parasols opening from crinkled buds.

Genus of 7 species of evergreen shrubs from woodland, swamps and meadows in North America and Cuba.

Because of its toxicity, particularly to sheep and goats, care should be taken to prevent access to livestock.

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
  • Dwarf shrub
    Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Tall Shrub
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    NB. Toxic to livestock. Leathery leaves and showy flowers in clusters.
    Place of origin
    North America, Cuba.
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
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Buy Varieties of KALMIA

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KALMIA angustifolia 'Rubra'

KALMIA angustifolia 'Rubra'

Calico bush, Lamb kill, Sheep laurel

a low growing shrub which spreads into small thickets. Deep green foliage and rosy-red flowers over a long period

 
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£22.50 each 
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KALMIA latifolia

KALMIA latifolia

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

calico bush with waxy pink flowers

 
Large
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£27.50 each 
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KALMIA latifolia 'Bridesmaid'

KALMIA latifolia 'Bridesmaid'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

bright pinkish flowers

 
Small
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£14.50 each 
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Large
£35.00 each 
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Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
KALMIA latifolia 'Carousel'

KALMIA latifolia 'Carousel'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

white flowers heavily marked with bright red-purple inside

 
Small
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£14.50 each 
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Large
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£35.00 each 
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KALMIA latifolia 'Minuet'

KALMIA latifolia 'Minuet'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

white flowers with a deep red band inside

 
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£14.50 each 
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Large
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£35.00 each 
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KALMIA latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

KALMIA latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

Calico bush

large red buds open to pink flowers. Wavy-edged leaves

 
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£14.50 each 
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Large
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£35.00 each 
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KALMIA latifolia 'Ostbo Red'

KALMIA latifolia 'Ostbo Red'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

red buds and pale pink flowers

 
Small
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£14.50 each 
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Large
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£35.00 each 
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KALMIA latifolia 'Snowdrift'

KALMIA latifolia 'Snowdrift'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

smallish pure white flowers

 
Small
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£14.50 each 
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Large
£35.00 each 
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Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
KALMIA latifolia 'Zebulon'

KALMIA latifolia 'Zebulon'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

palest pink, almost white flowers with a delicate deep pink ring at the centre

 
Small
£14.50  
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£35.00 each 
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KALMIA polifolia

KALMIA polifolia

Calico bush, Eastern bog laurel

bright rose-purple flowers in terminal clusters

 
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£20.00 each 
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KALMIA polifolia 'Newfoundland'

KALMIA polifolia 'Newfoundland'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

narrow leaves and bright rose-pink terminal clusters of flowers

 
£20.00 each 
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Available again from June 2024 -

Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

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Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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