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Kalmia cuneata

White Wicky

Scientific Name:

Kalmia cuneata

Genus:

Kalmia

Species Epithet:

cuneata

Common Name:

White Wicky

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pocosins and pocosin-savanna or pocosin-sandhill ecotones (Weakley 2015). Rare in the NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

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 Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

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


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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