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Kalmia Latifolia - Calico Bush, Kalmia

Kalmia Latifolia - Calico Bush, Kalmia

Type Shrub, Evergreen
Size Large Border (1 to 3m height)
Form Rounded - Bush
Colours Dark green Foliage, White Flowers (Summer)
Care Some maintenance required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow growing

Calico Bush is grown for its impressive displays of late spring and summer blossom, however it also has attractive deep green foliage that provides a good back drop for other flowering plants during the summer months. Kalmia is well suited to naturalistic woodland planting or as a screening evergreen towards the back of a bed. Summer blossom is attractive to insects as a nectar source.

Cultivation tips: Kalmia prefers a fertile moisture retentive soil, preferably on acidic soil, being commonly plant alongside Rhododendrons and other acidic loving shrubs. It can grow in full sun or part shade but produces better blossom in a well lit planting location. Water regularly during dry periods and mulch in winter.
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