Kalmia polifolia

Kalmia polifolia
Kalmia polifolia 
bog laurel
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:lilac a pink
BLOOMING TIME May - May
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 2   (down to -45°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurels
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Bog laurel is an amazingly modest looking mountain laurel species from boggy heaths of Canada and USA. It has narrow, lance-shaped to almost linear, deep green, glossy leaves that are light grey to grey-white on the undersides. They look like rosemary leaves but lack the perfume.

In early May profusion of small, soft lilac-pink flowers open from rich pink buds. It is hard to believe that such a small plant produces this quantity. They are small, only about 2 cm across, saucer-shaped like those on mountain laurels and bloom for 3-4 weeks.

Bog laurel is a low, mound forming, evergreen shrub that loves moist or even wet sites. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). In order to avoid drying out keep it mulched at all times. Full sun is best for rich flowering. Fertilize in spring and early autumn with rhododendron fertilizers. It is extremely hardy to about -44°C (USDA zone 2), and is suitable for growing in outdoor pots but never let it dry out.

Last update 19-01-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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