Need help w/ ID, Kalmia?

cheloneJune 26, 2006

Our lot is generally low (moist even in times of drought), and was wooded, overgrown pasture when we built our home. Native plants include Osmunda ferns (cinnamomea, claytoniana, regalis), Athyrium felix-femina, Onoclea, High bush blueberries, low bush blueberries, Gaultheria procumbens, mosses, and a ton of delightful little spring ephemeral bulbs, and Lady slippers.

I've been watching this plant for some years now, but this is the firest time it's flowered; there are several of them all preferring the higher ground where it's well drained. Looks like Kalmia, but is really quite small, everything about it is more petite and delicate. It appears to want to spread more, the same way low bush blueberries do.

Can you help me out?

Here is a link that might be useful: Is this a Kalmia?

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candyinpok(5b or 6, NY)

http://www.geocities.com/yinchoy3/WildFlowers/Pink/SheepLaurel01.jpg

Sheep Laurel / Kalmia angustifolia / Kalmia à feuilles étroites

That's my guess.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2006 at 7:33PM
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winged_mammal

Its definitely sheep laurel. Kalmia Angustifolia. They are rare where I live in Maryland, growing around bogs. They are more more common in Maine though I suspect.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2006 at 2:09PM
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chelone

Thanks very much for confirming what I suspected. I don't have a good reference for wild flowers/shrubs and your experience was very helpful.

It's an interesting little thing, really quite pretty, not more than 30-36" H and seems to colonize an area, rather than growing as a shrub. It prefers the higher ground (better drained), rather than the low area that is soggy and drains into a small pond. I like plants like this one. While they're rarely flashy, they're superbly adapted to the site and reveal a delicacy to those willing to simply leave them alone. Now I have a name!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2006 at 3:33PM
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