KALMIA polifolia

Commonly known as Calico bush, Eastern bog laurel

Bright rose-purple flowers in terminal clusters
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KALMIA polifolia

  • Evergreen
    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)
    Rose purple
  • Height
    60cm (24in)
  • Spread
    90cm (36in)
  • 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)
  • Full sun
    Where soil remains reliably moist.
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin
    Canada, northeastern USA.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Racemes - 2.5-4cm (1-1½in) across of up to 12 flowers
  • Saucer-shaped
    1-2cm (½-¾in) across
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Linear see photos above
  • Oblong
  • 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.

    RHS group 8 - renovate over several seasons
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Acid / ericaceous loving
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil
    humus-rich. Requires consistently moist soil. Mulch annually with leaf mould in spring.
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
60cm (24in)
Dwarf Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  90cm (36in)

Buy Varieties of KALMIA polifolia

KALMIA polifolia 'Newfoundland'

KALMIA polifolia 'Newfoundland'

Calico bush, Mountain laurel

Narrow leaves and bright rose-pink terminal clusters of flowers

Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£20.00 £10.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

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