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Plant Details

Kalmia buxifolia

Sand Myrtle

Scientific Name:

Kalmia buxifolia

Common Name:

Sand Myrtle

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

1 - 6

Bloom Time:

late March - April - May

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Habitat Description:

Locally abundant but very restricted in wet (spodosol) pinelands of the outer Coastal Plain (in Brunswick and Carteret counties, NC), locally common in relatively dry sandhills in a few locations in the Sandhills, disjunct in the Piedmont on a few quartzite monadnocks, fairly common in the mountains on rock outcrops at high to moderate elevations (on a wide variety of rock types).

Notes:

Formerly Leiophyllum buxifolium. See Weakley Flora March 2015 draft.

In bloom

Formerly Leiophyllum buxifolium, Sand Myrtle has an odd, disjunct distribution. In the outer coastal plain of Carteret and Brunswick Counties where this was taken, it is restricted to wet pinelands.

image

D. Paynter, April 2010, Brunswick Co

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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