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Plant Details

Kalmia cuneata

White Wicky

Scientific Name:

Kalmia cuneata

Common Name:

White Wicky

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Deciduous Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

White,

Size in Feet:

1 ft to 2 ft

Light:

Part-sun

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

Late June

Bloom Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist ecotones between longleaf pine forests and streamhead pocosins.

State Rank:

S2 - 6-20 Extant Populations - Imperiled in NC because of rarity or because of some factor(s) making it very vulnerable to extirpation from NC (*)

Global Rank:

G3 - 21-100 Extant Populations - Rare or uncommon in the world (*)

State Status:

E - Endangered (*)

Notes:

Kalmia cuneata is a deciduous member of the Ericaceae with distinctive fruits that persist through the winter.

Kalmia cuneata blossom cluster, Carolina Sandhills

image

© Will Stuart, 2015

Kalmia cuneata blossoms showing the prior year's seed capsules.

Note the long pedicels on the blossoms and seed capsules.

image

© Will Stuart, 2015

The persistent seed capsules are helpful when looking for this species in early spring before leaves and flower buds appear.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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