Kalmia latifolia 'Carousel'
Kalmia latifolia 'Carousel'

Kalmia latifolia 'Carousel'

SKU: S64007
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Common Name: Mountain Laurel
Hardiness Zone: 5-7S/8W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: June
Mature Height: 6-10' Spacing: 5'
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Another of nurseryman Richard Jaynes’ masterpieces, Kalmia latifolia ‘Carousel’ combines exquisite flowers (each one tattooed with a cinnamon-purple starburst) with exceptionally glossy foliage resistant to fungal leaf spot. A vigorous grower, this shrub can reach a height and width of ten feet.

The genus Kalmia, named after 18th-century Swedish botanist Peter Kalm, has only 9 species yet is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere in regions of North America, Europe, and Japan. One species, the beloved Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), is native to the eastern United States. Claimed by both Connecticut and Pennsylvania as the state flower, this marvelous shrub is widely grown for a variety of reasons. It is handsome, offering abundant clusters of star-shaped buds that swell into bell-shaped blooms (with distinctively fused petals) in late spring and early summer. The seed capsules are attractive, too, and persist through winter. Mountain Laurel is valuable year-round as a broadleaf evergreen shrub, its glossy, occasionally whorled or opposite leaves colored deep green above and yellow-green underneath. Older shrubs, slowly reaching to 6-10' tall, have interestingly gnarled or contorted branches, as well. While Mountain Laurels thrive in part shade, they tolerate both full sun and full shade conditions including, in our experience, the north side of a two-story house. These durable shrubs shrug off cold and grow to a ripe old age in well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil. Winner of the Cary Award for proven performance across New England. (Please note: Plants require afternoon shade in the South and are ill-suited to desert conditions and alkaline soils. They should also be sited with care since all parts of the plant are toxic to people and animals if ingested.)

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Latin Name Pronunciation: kal'mee-uh 

Grow Kalmia in full sun or partial shade. (Partial shade or shade is best in the South; partial shade is recommended in the West). Mountain Laurel prefers well-drained, acid soil to which organic matter has been added. If you remove spent flower clusters as the blooms fade, you'll have a better show the following spring. Prune as needed after bloom.

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