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Kalmia angustifolia f. rubra (Red Sheep Laurel)

Red Sheep Laurel


Kalmia angustifolia f. rubra (Red Sheep Laurel) is a suckering evergreen shrub boasting a profusion of small, deep red bowl-shaped flowers in early to mid summer. Borne in dense terminal clusters, they contrast nicely against the foliage of oblong to elliptic, dark green leaves. Red Sheep Laurel forms a well-developed and closely interlacing network of rhizomes, creating small thickets over time. Native to northeastern North America, Red Sheep Laurel can be used in naturalized areas, foundation plantings or woodland gardens.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 1-3 ft. tall (30-90 cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade in moist, acidic, well-drained soils. Avoid planting in windy sites.
  • Perfect for cottage gardens, woodlands or naturalized areas.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for mealybugs and vine weevil.
  • Prune immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • All parts of this plant are toxic if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Native to northeastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Michigan, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Virginia, West Virginia
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Michigan, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Virginia, West Virginia
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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