plant-banner1

Plant Details

Kalmia carolina [= Kalmia angustifolia var. carolina]

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

Scientific Name:

Kalmia carolina [= Kalmia angustifolia var. carolina]

Genus:

Kalmia

Species Epithet:

carolina

Common Name:

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

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 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:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

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 (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC mountains, common in the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

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.

image

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.

image

Halyburton Park, Wilmington

Developing fruit.

image

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



Permalink - (right click to save this page to your bookmarks)

<<< PREVIOUS

NEXT >>>

back to top
go to plant details search
go to plant images search
go to gallery home
back to Initial k Gallery
back to orchids
back to Carnivorous Plants
back to Trilliums