Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Northern Sheepkill at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Kalmia angustifolia var. angustifolia
Northern Sheepkill, Sheep Laurel, Lamb-kill
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JK Marlow jkm060521_118
May Macon County NC
Highlands Biological Station
Leaves whorled in 3s (rarely opposite), 2-5cm long, glabrous beneath, per Weakley's Flora (2015).
Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -
Habitat: Sandy, xeric to mesic hillsides and moist areas, rocky areas, per Weakley's Flora
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Whorls of 3
Petioles 4-12mm long
Reddish-pink (rarely white)
Flowers in axillary racemes
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast p109
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p292
- Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition p135?
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p27
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p184