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KALMIA angustifolia 'Rubra'

Commonly known as 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
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Oblong to elliptic, dark-green leaves to 6cm (2½in) long in opposite pairs or whorls.
  • Red
    Rosy red
  • Height
    60cm (24in)
  • Spread
    1.5m (5ft)
  • Dwarf shrub
    Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
    Mound-forming shrub. Flowers to 1cm (½in) across in clusters 5cm (2in) across.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Partial shade

KALMIA angustifolia 'Rubra'

 
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.
£22.50 each 
Delivery Information Available late spring to early summer 2024

 

  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    None.
    Place of origin
    Eastern North America.
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Bowl-shaped
    Or cup-shaped.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Border
    Suitable for a shrub border
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Oblong
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    Tolerates hard pruning
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Acid / ericaceous loving
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Humus rich. Mulch annually with leaf mould in spring.
  • Toxic - Category B - CAUTION
    Toxic if eaten
    (People & Pets)
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
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60cm (24in)
Dwarf Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1.5m (5ft)
 

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