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Alpine Laurel, Western Laurel
Scientific Name: Kalmia microphylla (Hook.) Heller
Synonym: Kalmia polifolia var. microphylla, Kalmia polifolia ssp. occidentalis
Family: Ericaceae
Alpine Laurel, Western Laurel (Kalmia  microphylla)
William & Wilma Follette. USDA NRCS. 1992. Western wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. West Region, Sacramento, CA. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-7,16-17
USDA: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Western part of the North America, from Alaska to California

Growth Habits: Small evergreen shrub 6 to 24 inches tall (15-60 cm); leaves shiny above, light green below, 2 to 5 inches long (5-12 cm)

Watering Needs: Keep the soil moist, water often, likes moist air

Propagation: Seeds in the fall, cuttings in summer, layering

The genus Kalmia was named after Peter Kalm, a Swedish botanist, student of Carolus Linnaeus. Kalmias are poisonous.
The larger plants are sold as Kalmia microphylla ssp. occidentalis, subspecies of doubtful botanical standing.

Alpine Laurel (Kalmia microphylla), U.S.D.A. Forest Service Collection, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute

Cultural Practices:
Kalmias are poisonous.

Blooming Habits:
Clusters of small pink flowers, 0.3 to o.5 inches in diameter (0.7 to 1.2 cm), in April to July.

Fruiting Habits:

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