KALMIA latifolia

Commonly known as Calico bush, Mountain laurel

Calico bush with waxy pink flowers
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    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
  • Height
    3m (10ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    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)
  • Full sun
    Where soil remains reliably moist.
  • Partial shade

KALMIA latifolia

 
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  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.
    Medicinal properties
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Eastern USA.
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Bowl-shaped
    Or cup-shaped.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Lanceolate
    (see photos above)
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Acid / ericaceous loving
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Humus-rich. Mulch annually with leaf mould in spring.
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
    (People & Pets)
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
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3m (10ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

Buy Varieties of KALMIA latifolia

KALMIA latifolia 'Bridesmaid'

KALMIA latifolia 'Bridesmaid'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

bright pinkish flowers

 
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KALMIA latifolia 'Carousel'

KALMIA latifolia 'Carousel'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

white flowers heavily marked with bright red-purple inside

 
Small
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KALMIA latifolia 'Minuet'

KALMIA latifolia 'Minuet'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

white flowers with a deep red band inside

 
Small
£17.50 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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KALMIA latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

KALMIA latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

Calico bush

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

 
Small
£17.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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KALMIA latifolia 'Ostbo Red'

KALMIA latifolia 'Ostbo Red'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

red buds and pale pink flowers

 
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£40.00 each 
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KALMIA latifolia 'Snowdrift'

KALMIA latifolia 'Snowdrift'

Calico bush , Mountain laurel

smallish pure white flowers

 
Large
£40.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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