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Kalmia 'Fresca'

Kalmia 'Fresca' (Mountain Laurel)
 

Common Name

Mountain Laurel
 

Soil

Acid
 

Aspect

Semi Shade
 

Height

6ft
 

Action and Timing

Fresca has white flowers with a burgundy band around the inside of each flower; it can reach about 2m (6ft approx) in height and 120cm (4ft) in width, kalmias are natives of the Appalachian Mountains.
 

Nursery Notes

All parts poisonous so don't eat the f***ers.
 

Opinion

Providing you have an acid soil, partial shade (sun is ok if reliably moist), patience, and can mulch with leaf mould or pine needles on occasions, you will be richly rewarded by the beautiful evergreen kalmia. Commonly referred to as Calico bush or Mountain Laurel they are ideally suited to peat or heath beds, woodland gardens, and shrubby borders. All their parts are poisonous if ingested so donât eat them or snort the pollen up your nose as that might irritate also.
 

This plant was added to the database on 28th December, 2009.

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