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Commonly known as Calico bush, Mountain laurel
Oval to elliptic-lance-shaped, glossy, dark-green leaves to 12cm (5in) long.
Shades of pink All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
Striped, Veined or Multicoloured
Dense, bushy shrub. Produces flowers, 2-2.5cm (¾-1in) across, in large clusters 8-10cm (3-4in) or more across
Hardy - very cold winter Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Where soil remains reliably moist.
Harmful if eaten These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
Good to know - wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Bowl-shaped - or cup-shaped.
Entire see photos above
Elliptic see photos above
Acid / ericaceous loving
Fertile moist well-drained soil
humus-rich. Mulch annually with leaf mould in spring.
Buy Varieties of KALMIA latifolia
Bright pinkish flowers
White flowers heavily marked with bright red-purple inside
White flowers with a deep red band inside
Large red buds open to pink flowers. Wavy-edged leaves
Red buds and pale pink flowers
Smallish pure white flowers