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Commonly known as Calico bush
Exquisite little flowers like parasols opening from crinkled buds.
Genus of 7 species of evergreen shrubs from woodland, swamps and meadows in North America and Cuba.
Because of its toxicity, particularly to sheep and goats, care should be taken to prevent access to livestock.
Medium shrub Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
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 - NB. Toxic to livestock. Leathery leaves and showy flowers in clusters.
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
North America, Cuba.
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Acid / ericaceous loving
Fertile moist well-drained soil
humus rich. Mulch annually with leaf mould in spring.
Buy Varieties of KALMIA
A low growing shrub which spreads into small thickets. Deep green foliage and rosy-red flowers over a long period
Calico bush with waxy pink flowers
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
Bright rose-purple flowers in terminal clusters
Narrow leaves and bright rose-pink terminal clusters of flowers