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Commonly known as Calico bush, Eastern bog laurel
Glossy, dark-green leaves to 4cm (1½in) long in opposite pairs or whorls of 3.
Shades of pink All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
Dwarf shrub Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Small, sparsely-branched shrub.
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.
Pests & Diseases - none
Place of origin
Canada, northeastern USA.
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Racemes - 2.5-4cm (1-1½in) across of up to 12 flowers
1-2cm (½-¾in) across
Suitable for small gardens
Entire see photos above
Linear see photos above
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.
RHS group 8 - renovate over several seasons
Acid / ericaceous loving
Fertile moist well-drained soil
humus-rich. Requires consistently moist soil. Mulch annually with leaf mould in spring.
KALMIA latifolia 'Carousel'
KALMIA latifolia 'Ostbo Red'
KALMIA angustifolia 'Rubra'
Buy Varieties of KALMIA polifolia
Narrow leaves and bright rose-pink terminal clusters of flowers