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Plant Details

Kalmia carolina

Carolina Laurel, Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Bog Myrtle

Scientific Name:

Kalmia carolina

Common Name:

Carolina Laurel, Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Bog Myrtle

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

pink

Size in Feet:

6

Bloom Time:

April to May, sporadic to September

Bloom Area:

common on Coast, rare in Mountains

Habitat Description:

Moist to wet pinelands of the Coastal Plain, pocosin margins (or seemingly in pocosins or swamps because of fire suppression), mountain bogs and fens (and less commonly in rocky areas at high elevations) in the Mountains.

Flowers

This species has been recently split from K. angustifolia, which reaches its southern limit in northeast NC. Carolina Laurel has a disjunct distribution, rare in the NC mountains and common in the se NC coastal plain.

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Paynter, Halyburton Park, Wilmington, April 14, 2011

A Carolina Laurel patch.

Stoloniferous in moist to wet pinelands of the Coastal Plain, pocosin margins, and mountain bogs and fens. Leaves in whorls of three or rarely opposite.

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Halyburton Park, Wilmington

Developing fruit.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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