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Kalmia angustifolia (Sheep laurel)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Kalmia angustifolia

Other names

Sheep laurel, Wicky, Dwarf laurel, Lambkill, Pig laurel

Genus

Kalmia Kalmia

Species

K. angustifolia - K. angustifolia is a small, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and rose-red flowers in summer.


Kalmia angustifolia is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Rose-Red in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Kalmia angustifolia (Sheep laurel) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Rock, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in moist, humus-rich, deep, acidic soil in partial shade. Water well until established and mulch in spring to retain moisture. Take care with pruning, as it can be slow to recover.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Kalmia angustifolia

Other names

Sheep laurel, Wicky, Dwarf laurel, Lambkill, Pig laurel

Genus

Kalmia Kalmia

Species

K. angustifolia - K. angustifolia is a small, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and rose-red flowers in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Rose-Red in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Kalmia angustifolia (Sheep laurel) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Rock, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in moist, humus-rich, deep, acidic soil in partial shade. Water well until established and mulch in spring to retain moisture. Take care with pruning, as it can be slow to recover.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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