Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2487

Shrub
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Common in GA, rare in SC

Look for it in pine savannas and pine flatwoods, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Pink
Bisexual
5 sepals
5-lobed corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Kalmia hirsuta   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Kalmia hirsuta   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-08-004:
Kalmia hirsuta   FAMILY Ericaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Hairy Wicky


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_kahi3_001_lvd

        

image of Kalmia hirsuta

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmkhirsuta_ths1

June        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmkhirsuta_blufton

July    Beaufort County    SC

White-flowered plants may be confused with White Wicky (K. cuneata), per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Kalmia hirsuta

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_kalmia_hirsuta_4

July        

The amount of hairiness varies significantly from plant to plant, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Kalmia hirsuta

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_kalmia_hirsuta_4_c

July        

The stamens are curved backwards, their anthers lodged in pockets, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Kalmia hirsuta

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmkhirsuta_beaufort2

July?    Beaufort County    SC

image of Kalmia hirsuta

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmkhirsuta_beaufort3

July?    Beaufort County    SC

Leaves are less than 5/8" wide (whereas those of K. cuneata are wider), per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Kalmia hirsuta

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmkhirsuta_beaufort4

July?    Beaufort County    SC

Tiny alternate leaves & hairy stems help distinguish it from other Kalmia, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.