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Mountain Myrtle Kalmia buxifolia

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Leiophyllum buxifolium
Description

Dense foliage; variable form in wild; slow grower; Does not like drought or hot sites; Native to portions of southeastern US.  It is best grown in acidic soil enriched with organic matter.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pinecake'
Tags:
#evergreen#NC native#native garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pinecake'
Tags:
#evergreen#NC native#native garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Kalmia
    Species:
    buxifolia
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern U.S.A
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Prostrate
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Rosy buds open to white flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dense foliate, variable form in the wild.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No