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Plant Details

Kalmia angustifolia

Sheep Laurel, Northern Sheepkill

Scientific Name:

Kalmia angustifolia

Genus:

Kalmia

Species Epithet:

angustifolia

Common Name:

Sheep Laurel, Northern Sheepkill

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandy, xeric to mesic hillsides and moist areas, rocky areas. Very rare in NC but can be locally common along the Chowan Sand Banks in Gates County. This is a State Threatened species.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

This plant has high severity poison characteristics.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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