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Kalmia microphylla (Hook.) Heller
Synonyms: Kalmia microphylla ssp. occidentalis
USDA Symbol: KAMI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low matted plant with several deep pink, bowl-shaped flowers facing upward on slender stalks growing near tops of leafy stems.
This species is sometimes called K. polifolia ssp. microphylla. Its close relative, the lower-elevation Bog Laurel (K. polifolia ssp. polifolia), is usually 8-20 (20-50 cm) high and has leaves 3/4-1 1/2 (2-4 cm) long with edges tightly rolled under. The smaller Western Swamp Laurel (K. occidentalis), found from the lowlands of Alaska south to Oregon, has flowers 1/2-3/4 (1.5-2 cm) wide.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Subshrub Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, ON Native Distribution:
Alaska south to southern California and central Colorado. Native Habitat:
Bogs and wet mountain meadows. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitWarning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Highly Toxic, Maybe Be Fatal if Eaten! Symptoms include: salivation, watering of eyes and nose, slow pulse, nausea, vomiting, sweating, abdominal pain, headache, tingling of skin, lack of coordination, convulsions, paralysis. Toxic Principle: Andromedotoxin, a resinoid; arbutin, a glycoside. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff